Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rejoice in God

 9But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
 10They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
 11But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. 

Rejoice in God

This is certainly not a new theme for David, but it is a theme well worth repeating. Not many of us have experienced the extended grief that David experienced, first at the hands of King Saul, and then later, at the hands of his own sons. David understood the necessity of leaving the comforts of home and literally running for his life.

Yet there is no better advice that David could give than to rejoice in God. Why is that? By the end of his life, David had seen, time after time, God's amazing intercession on his behalf. How many times was he right in the palm of his enemies' hands, and yet God delivered him, sometimes by miraculous means, and sometimes through the stealth of his own army?

One of my favorite stories is found in 2 Samuel 18.
 6So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
 7Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
 8For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured. (2 Samuel 18:6-8, King James Version)
Absalom, David's son, was trying to usurp the throne, and had raised a large army to defeat David. The people of Israel (the army of Absalom) were slain before the servants of David. Look at the last phrase of verse 8, "And the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured." How can the woods devour men? What an amazing demonstration of God miraculously working on behalf of David.

David was the God-ordained king, and no man could overthrow him. Does God work on our behalf in the same way? Yes!

God has a specific purpose for every single one of His children. No man can destroy what God has purposed. As children of God, we are safely nestled in His hands until the day He has ordained, before time began, that our life on this earth shall end.

When we ponder these things, how can we not rejoice in God? This is His world and yet He has planned that the foolish ones of this world (that is us), should confound the wise of this world. No man can thwart the will of God, for what He has planned from before the creation of the world will come to pass.

Join me today as we rejoice in God!

God Bless You,

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