December 5, 2016

James Cameron, an explorer and filmmaker for National Geographic, was the first human to make the 2 hour, 36 minute descent into the deepest part of the ocean in March of 2012. At the depth of 8.6 miles, he saw what you and I will never be able to see in the Mariana Trench…but God can see it. He created it.

Thousands of years ago, when choosing the successor to Israel’s King Saul, the prophet Samuel was sure it would be Jesse’s handsome oldest son Eliab. But the Lord chose the unlikely youngest son, and informed the prophet that he saw something in David that no one else could see; God saw David’s heart. He created it. 1st Samuel 16:7

Our God alone can see our heart, too. Think about your heart and meditate on what God says about it.

  • If you are brokenhearted, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
  • If your heart is restless, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7)
  • If your heart needs cleansed, pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
  • If your heart is heavy, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)
  • If your heart is anxious, give Him your anxiety and “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Only God can see inside our heart. He created it. That’s why we can be open and honest with Him, and praise Him with David, who wrote: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)


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!

In the Morning

April 16, 2010

“But I will sing of Your power;

Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;

For you have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;

For God is my defense, My God of mercy”

Psalm 59: 16, 17

David wrote this Psalm while surrounded by King Saul’s hit men. The account started with David in his house when messengers were sent by Saul to spy on David  “and to kill him in the morning.” (1st Sam. 19:11) It wasn’t a pretty picture. It was a day of trouble. Although David didn’t know how he would escape the King’s wrath, he knew that he had already been anointed by God to be next on the throne, and that God was able to turn this manhunt situation around. God used the creativity of Mical, David’s wife, to save his life that night. She let him down through a window, and as he escaped, she “took an image and laid it in the bed, put a cover of goat’s hair for his head, and covered it with clothes.” (v.13) When Saul’s messengers saw this, they were deceived into believing that he was sick in bed. It was night.

Darkness closed in and David was escaping for his life. He may or may not have been aware of the fact that the King’s men had orders to kill him in the morning, but David had other plans for the morning, because he knew Who he was trusting in! He was planning a worship service!! That was the very night that David, on the run, wrote Psalm 59. It’s interesting to note that he ended the Psalm acknowledging who God is. David wrote that God was his defense, His strength, and his God of mercy. That’s why David could commit himself to “sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning.”

When my night is dark, and the enemy is closing in on me; when he is determined to kill, steal and destroy; when I’m in a seemingly hopeless situation, I want to take David’s example and plan my personal worship service! This will only happen in the measure that I acknowledge God’s power and His mercy. I want to claim Him as My Strength, My Refuge and My Defense in the day of trouble just as David did, and commit myself to “sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning”.


March 21, 2010

Like all of us, David had to make some important decisions. In fact, many of them may have weighed very heavily on him as he struggled to make the right moves. In Psalm 56, we can read of a few of the principles he chose to live by.

DAVID CHOSE TRUST INSTEAD OF FEAR: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (v.3) “In God I have put my trust” (notice this is in past tense) “I will not fear” (future tense) (v.4) “In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid…” (v.10)

DAVID CHOSE TO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS FOR HIM: “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? When I cry out to you, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know; because God is for me.” (vs. 8,9)

DAVID CHOSE TO PRAISE GOD: “I will render praises to You….” (v.12)

DAVID CHOSE TO REMEMBER THAT GOD SUSTAINS HIM: “Have You not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” (v.13)

In this situation, David was surrounded by the Philistines and running from King Saul; it wasn’t an easy time for him. He had to choose between despair and trust; between lament and praise; self-pity or remembering that God sees his tears and knows right where he is. He could feel alone, or know that God was with him and for him; he could go on his own strategy and strength, or lean on God to “keep him from falling”. He could be overpowered by fear, or trust in the faithful God who had always sustained him.

Fortunately, this Psalm shows us that he made the right choices, because he knew that God gave him the victory many times in the past. He knew not only what God was capable of doing, but also who God is: the Almighty, who was on His side, upheld him, delivered him, remembered where he was and even kept his tears in a bottle and wrote them down in His book! Yes, David knew WHO he was trusting in. That’s why he could confidently declare: “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid….I will render praises to You…”

When I face difficulties, I want to make the right choices. I want to look back on all the times God showed me His faithfulness in the past, so I can declare with certainty just as David did: “I will trust in You! I will praise His word! I will not fear! God sees my tears! God is for me! In God I have put my trust! I will not be afraid! I will praise YOU! AMEN!”

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