Monday, March 19, 2012

But Thou!

 14O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
 15But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 

But Thou!

Can you not hear the agony in David's voice as he prays to God,
O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
Yet, as he continues his prayer, we read these two words, "But Thou!" And, that makes all the difference. Do we not often find ourselves in the same circumstance? As we look at our lives and try to glance into the future, we see nothing but gloom and doom. How can anything good come from our present circumstances? 

How correct we are, except for these same two words, "But Thou!" All would be hopeless if what we saw in the world around us is all there is. This world is filled with selfishness, bitterness, hatred, and disappointments, but our God is full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Can you imagine a world in which all sorrow, trouble, and suffering was gone, and all the people who lived in it loved the Lord God? In place of wrangling and fighting, peace and joy would rein in the hearts and lives of all of the people. It is hard to imagine, and certainly will not happen in the world as it exists today, but this world has an end, and in its place will be the new heavens and the new earth.

As Christians, it is important that we remember to be patient during our years of trouble on this earth, for this is not our end. This is just a short passage on our way to the promised land which the Lord Jesus Christ is, even now, preparing for His children. 

While we must live on this earth, let us make the most of reading and studying God's Word, so that we prepare ourselves for our true home in the new heavens and new earth, which will last for all eternity. Though we must wait for a time, we do not have to wait to experience the joy and peace that are gifts from our Lord. As we learn more about Him, and become more like Him, He will give us the ability to see beyond our earthly sorrows.

The next time you are overcome with the burdens of this life, I encourage you to remember these two words, "But God!" Before this life overwhelms you with its trials and burdens, pray that God will fill you with His sweetness and joy as you contemplate our great and wondrous God. He is all truth, purity, loveliness, joy, and peace, and He is our Father.

May God hasten the day when we enter into His great courts of love.

God Bless You,
Linda

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