“Lord, how numerous are my enemies! Many attack me. Many say about me, “God will not deliver him.” (Selah) But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me; you are my glory and the one who restores me.” (Psalms 3:1-3)
David faced many enemies and they were close . . . Some were his most trusted advisors and his own family. They were confident that his demise was not only certain, but close.
The psalmist’s knew different. He was assured that even in the most deadly and devastating attacks, his Redeemer was also his Deliverer. And, he needed no other.
The LORD was his Protecter . . . “You are my Shield.”
The LORD was his Praise . . . “You are my Glory”
The LORD was his Provider . . . “You restore me”.
The result of this full affirmation and faith acceptance was his Father’s answer (“To the LORD I cried out, and He answered me from His holy hill.” (vs 4)
The result is recorded in verses 5-6; David was rested, he was refreshed, and he was resilient.
Facing discouragement? Disappointment? Disillusionment? He will deliver.
Rest in His protection. Rejoice with praise. Restore your faith and hope in Him.
He’s got your back.
There he stood, larger than life as he offered a glaring stare at the crowd. He was ready to take on any opponent . . . he was the Brahma Bull . . . The Great One . . . The Peoples’ Champion . . . he was The Rock.
Yep. I was a WWE fan! Sorry . . . but in household of five women . . . I had to have a testosterone surge every once in a while.
The Rock used his name to illustrate his presence in the ring . . . he was immovable, unbeatable, uncrushable.
There is other branding using the image of a rock. Prudential encouraged us to “own a piece of the rock” urging us to believe that our investments were secure and solid. There’s Miles McPherson’s church in San Read More
These are challenging times. Uncertainty has created distrust, discouragement and disillusionment.
Those who lead in government, business and often ministry can be characterized by arrogance, abandonment of Godly principles and an affinity to anti-Kingdom methodology. The eternal King’s response is recorded by the psalmist, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” (Ps 2:4)
There is an answer. The psalmist identifies the sole solution. “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” (Ps 2:10-11)
In God we trust. This is more than just a motto on our currency and coins. It is our mantra of total dependence on Him. Paul reminds us “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)
in God we rest. Even in times of worry and weariness, He is there. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
in God we hope. Uncertainty can erode our perseverance and patience. Again, the psalmist provides the assuring encouragement, “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” (Psalms 39:7)
He laughs and we rejoice.
He reigns. He rules. He is returning.
I’m sure I am like most others . . . these are tough days.
We have changes in our finances . . . we now have empty checkbooks (4 weddings in the last 6 years and 4 in college in the last 9 years).
We have changes in our daily routine . . . business is tough, economic times are challenging, we’re tired and each day is a new adventure.
It’s during these days that I find myself praying more than usual.
So many things are out of my control . . . but they are not out of His. So many situations are chaotic and uncertain . . . but He is the peace in the midst of the Read More
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . (Psalms 1:1-2)
The follower of Christ experiences God’s blessing and favor not only because of what he escapes, but because of what he embraces. It’s running from and running to.
We do not embrace the strategies of the sensual.
We do not engage in the shame of the sinful.
We are not entertained by the sarcasm of self promoting.
We are thrilled with Truth.
We rejoice in renewal.
We are marked with maturity.
Our existence has influence everyday and impacts eternity.
With confidence we know Our God charts our course in life.
We have His presence. We have purpose. We have peace.
We are blessed.
In Psalm 150, the writer concludes this “Book of Songs” with a concise encouragement to worship and a precise expression of worship. The Psalmist answers all the key questions.
What? “Praise the Lord!”(vs 1)
Where? “Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!” (vs 2)
Why? “Praise Him for his mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!” (vs 3)
How? “Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!” (vs 4-6)
Who? “Let everything that has breath praise The Lord! Praise The Lord!” (vs 6)
Questions reside in each of us. Questions about purpose. Questions about priorities. Questions about pain. Questions about problems. Questions about peace.
He has the answers to all of our questions. He is the Answer to all of our questions.
It begins with recognizing Him and rejoicing in Him.
Praise The Lord.