Psalm 9:1-10 (ESV)
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment. You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Praise the Lord! He is majestic and reigns supreme! In the Psalm above, David recounts his trust in God. God has cared for him and protected him. God demonstrates His mercy and care.
What about you and me? Does God care for us as He did David? Yes He does. We don’t always see it, partly because we probably don’t look for it, and partly because we frequently dig ourselves into holes that we then expect God to get us out of. I know that I have asked God many times to get me out of the problems I have created. God does help, but He does not always remove the natural consequences of the mistakes we make. We should not expect Him to do that, either.
We must learn from our mistakes. We must change our behavior. David was on the run from King Saul, but it was not because of his mistakes. It was because Saul was jealous. God rejected Saul, because of his disobedience. He blessed David because of his humility and obedience. Therefore David saw the protection of the Lord.
How can we apply this to our lives? We know that we can trust God. But we cannot always expect Him to bail us out of the trouble we create. We must change our lives, and live according to His rules. When we do things His way, He will protect us when we need it. He will guide our steps and keep us from falling. His ways are marvelous and He is faithful.
When we do things His way, His Word is like a lighthouse, keeping us safe from the hidden dangers of the storms of life.
May God bless us all today as we seek to do His will, His way. Love those around you. Serve the Lord in how you serve His people.
by Virgil Stripes