It is so easy to lose perspective. When everything around us leads us to believe that only the godless and the selfish prosper; one can become discouraged quickly. David struggled with that. He was anointed by Samuel to be king. He had defeated Goliath, he and his men had changed the world’s perspective about Israel from being a joke, to being a warrior nation. He sought God and trusted God–yet, there he sat, hiding out and on the run from Saul and his army. In the midst of that angst, David pinned one of the great songs of promise in the Bible.
In short, David says don’t fret over the appearance of the bad guys winning–trust God, delight in him and watch him go to work. He will keep you safe, he will give you the desires of your heart, he will show the world you have done well, and make sure they know what you said about God was absolutely true!
We will never be able to explain God’s plan–in human terms; for the godless to understand. He will have to simply do what he does, and at the right time; it will be obvious that God is the one that makes all things amazing. In the interim, we have to focus upon him, delight in him, and mostly–simply trust him. Then, he will execute his plan and blow our minds. God is amazing! We simply need to trust him and delight ourselves in him.
God Bless You
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
When we stop to imagine the vastness of God’s love for us, the depth of his care for the world, and the detail by which he keeps track of us–it is hard to fathom a life without him. Still, there are many that spend their lives plotting to overthrow him, to undermine him, and to abandon completely the principles and model for which we were created. For them the days are filled with emptiness and their thoughts are always pointed inward.
There is never enough to do, never enough to possess and never enough attention to meet their endless needs. It does not matter whom they hurt–the 1st and only item upon their agenda is themselves. Conversely, when we begin to focus on God, we become others focused and still God remains faithful to meet our needs abundantly. He brings peace, sufficiency and hope beyond our wildest expectations.
When we see him in the lives of our young ones, we become elated to see the completion of his word in our lives. He is all powerful, all knowing and in all places and times simultaneously–nothing escapes him nor does anything surprise or elude his sight. Still he loves us as we are, where we are and specifically because of who and whose we are. His salvation is a gift–given with the purest of motives at just the right time. We are blessed beyond measure to be in relationship with this, the Almighty God!!!
Go Bless You
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see.
In the “seeker” friendly church environment, we often hold back the hard messages–for fear we may offend a potential seeker and drive them from the Lord. Paul said, “I have become all things to all people that I may win some to Christ.” I Corinthians 9:22. The truth is, God is God and we are not. If, in our passion to gain seekers, we lose the reverence for God and what he has done, then we truly lose the essence of why we need him at all.
David says–Listen and I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What better man to teach that principle. While David was a man after God’s own heart, he made some huge errors that devastated his family and for a time his kingdom. Still, he was a warrior king–respected by his men and his people. He lived and died knowing God intimately and loving him completely. In that, he also knew the value of showing God the reverence he deserves.
As David so kindly stated, God seeks to be there for those that follow and honor him. Conversely, he will turn away from those that turn away from him. They will fade into time without leaving a noticeable legacy. It is our choice to decide to follow or to rebel. He longs for the opportunity to make a life for those that trust him; but, he is equally adamant that he will not bless those that turn away. We, as his own, must live a life of trust and reverence–allowing God to be God of our lives. As we do, we will build a legacy, we will live a purposeful and abundant life; and, we will make a difference in the lives of those we meet.
Learn the fear of the Lord…then you won’t have to be afraid of anything life throws at you.
God Bless You!
Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
There is a great deal of time and effort spent in helping us to understand God’s provision, protection and preparation in our lives. Sometimes, however, it is important to remember that, as God’s chosen people, we need to stop and praise him for who he is. He is creator, provider, sustainer and savior. He spoke the universe into being and created a beautiful world for us to inhabit. He provides live, love, joy and peace–He is amazing.
As his kids, we need to stop sometimes and simply recognize his amazing nature and power. We must give him the credit that he is due. We need to do more than simply thank him for what he has done–we need to adore him for who he is. We need to speak praise to the great creator, the master planner, the real savior and all knowing, powerful and omnipresent God that rules the universe!
As we march into the Christmas holiday, let’s not only recognize the wonder of Christmas–Let’s make this season a time to recognize the wonder of God!
God Bless You
Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.
6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.