Tuesday, September 29, 2020

DAVID’S PLEA FOR LIGHT!

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 

DAVID’S PLEA FOR LIGHT!

 

Psalms 43:1

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

King David was in distress, was on the run, and hiding in the wilderness. He was being pursued by his enemies. He prays and asks God to send out His light to clarify this present darkness, to send His truth to stand against confusion and uncertainty in his heart and mind.

 

We may not be running from an enemy in the wilderness but there is much confusion and darkness in our world today! Our peace is disturbed, our present is troublesome, and our future is uncertain. We need God’s light and truth to guide and to comfort us. We long to return from the wilderness and to worship in God’s holy hill. David longed for the house of worship because he had been driven from it.

 

Liars make no effort to disguise their falsehood and violence has replaced justice. Threats and pressure direct our culture and our rule of law. Lunacy has thrown wisdom to the ground. We need the truth! The path that seems so familiar is full of shadows. Like David, we need God’s light to see the way clearly.

 

Dear Lord, we are never disappointed in you. Guide us today with Thy light and truth. Cause us to hope, and may today be filled with praise. AMEN

Sunday, September 27, 2020

THE DESIRE TO RUN AWAY!

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

 

THE DESIRE TO RUN AWAY!

 

Ps 55:5-7

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

 

           This Psalm was likely written early in Absalom’s rebellion against his father, King David. Absalom had his half-sister’s rapist killed and David had banished him. David ultimately allowed him to return but the relationship remain strained. It was in this climate that Absalom built a rebellion.

 

           David knew that he was at fault because of his adultery and the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. This was part of Nathan’s curse on his family. The sword would never leave the house of David.

 

           We are all equipped with a “fight or flight” mechanism whenever there is trouble. It is normal to try and simply run away and avoid trouble if possible. When we are cornered, we fight.

 

           David did flee Jerusalem (2 Sam 15:14 ff) and lodged in the wilderness across the Jordan River at Mahanaim but war with his own son was inevitable because of Absalom’s heart. David begged his soldiers to spare Absalom but Absalom got his lovely hair caught in an oak tree and his mule kept walking. Joab comes along and thrusts three javelins through his heart. Then ten others “struck him” that he died. He was buried in a pit in the wilderness.

 

           Perhaps your problems are smaller than David’s, but you still feel like running away. If so, then run to Jesus! David’s throne was in danger, but God’s throne is secure.

 

Ps 55:16

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

 

Dear Lord, whenever we are afraid, let us run to you for safety. AMEN

Saturday, September 26, 2020

EVER INCREASING CONFIDENCE!

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

 

EVER INCREASING CONFIDENCE!

 

Ps 62:2

2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

 

Ps 62:5-6

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

 

           The Psalmist begins his song by declaring that he is waiting for God to come and save him. In verse two he knows that he is defenseless without God. One gets the sense that the Psalmist had exhausted all other helps and is now hiding in his only stronghold. His level of confidence is that he may be slightly shaken but not greatly moved.

 

           In verses three and four, the Psalmist indulges in some angry talk against his enemies. It is the scene of two fighters, nose-to-nose, daring the other to blink. In this way he tries to build his confidence for the battle to come.

 

           In verse 5, he is talking to himself. It is that silent whisper of the soul that says “don’t lose hope.” God is faithful and He will come to my rescue.

 

           In verse 6, he has dropped the word “greatly” and now declares that he will not be moved at all. Hope has reached full maturity and confidence has put on its armor. The outcome is no longer in doubt.

 

Dear Lord, we know that one day our enemies shall fall like a tottering fence. Let our confidence rise and grow. Come quickly to our aid. AMEN

 

Ps 62:8

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.