OUR GOD CAN DELIVER US FROM ALL FEAR

September 12, 2016

“Simple” is good. Although I love to make homemade pizza, when my schedule is complicated, there’s a simple way to enjoy our Friday night pizza. I speed dial our favorite local pizzeria. Simple!

The Psalmist David also understood that “simple” is good. Take the example of fear. By his own admission, there were times when David was afraid. His antidote for fear was simple: “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) Simple!

All my fears” included fighting a lion and a bear as a young shepherd, facing the giant Goliath, being on King Saul’s hit list. (That’s when he was being pursued by 3,000 of the King’s choice men. ) As Israel’s king, David also faced innumerable enemies – including his own son Absalom, who’s evil plan was to dethrone David. Even in those hair-raising situations, David knew that when he sought God, God would deliver him from all his fears. Simple!

When complicated unknown situations fill you with paralyzing fear, follow David’s example: go simple. Seek God, trusting Him to deliver you. If He delivered David from all his fears, he can deliver you from all your fears, because that’s what God does. Simple!

(Join me every Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better.)


FROM PREDICAMENT TO PRAISE

January 3, 2013

Predicament: “an unpleasantly difficult, perplexing or dangerous situation.”  (www.dictionary.com)

Were you ever in a predicament? The Psalmist David was. In Psalm 57, he journaled one of the most intense situations he ever faced. King Saul and 3,000 of his chosen men were chasing David; they were out to kill him. (1st Samuel chapters 22-24) Hiding in the cave of En Gedi, David poured his heart out to God, and ended up with a beautiful exclamation of praise.  For our benefit, God allowed David’s chronicled journey from predicament to praise to be recorded for us! Let’s look at Psalm 57.

David’s predicament: Running from King Saul and 3,000 men, he was hiding in a cave. He wrote: “My soul is among the lions…they have prepared a net for my steps.” (v.4,6)

David’s plea: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!” (v.1)

David’s perspective: Trust! “…for my soul trusts in You.” (v.1)

David’s position: In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge until these calamities have passed by.”  (v.1)

David’s promise: “I will cry out to God Most High…” (v.2)

David’s peace: “He shall send from heaven and save me…God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.” (v. 3)

David’s persistence: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and give praise.” (v.7)

David’s praise: “Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.”

David’s predicament didn’t immediately improve; but his heart was in the right place and God was glorified, even in the cave! When we face predicaments of our own, let’s challenge ourselves to follow David’s steps from predicament to praise!


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