Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rejoice the Soul

 3Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
 4Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
 5For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 

Rejoice the Soul

Don't you love that phrase, "Rejoice the soul."? Sometimes, after reading the daily headlines, there does not seem to be much to rejoice about. Countries in the Mid East are gearing up for what looks to be another major conflict. Actually, things do not seem to be all that different, militarily speaking, from the time that David wrote Psalm 86.

Even in the midst of conflict after conflict, some at the hands of his own family members, David could say,
Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Though troubles seemed to swirl all around him, David looked to God, his strength and his fortress. In a time when he hardly knew who to trust--who was good or evil--he said, "Thou, Lord, art good." God is good! Today, in the 21st century, God has not changed. We seem to have lost the sense of black and white or good and evil. No one is simply one or the other, but all are a mixture. Even in our politics, we do not require such an impossible characteristic as goodness in our leaders. However, we can trust in the Lord, for their is no evil nor shadow of turning in our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

David was a faithful king of Israel, but was he perfect? Certainly not, and neither are we. Satan, that great accuser, does not let us forget our sins; he is quick to remind us of our own unworthiness. It is amazing how quickly we can be discouraged and kept from faithfully serving the Lord when we are reminded of our sins. When looking upon his own mottled past, David remembered that the Lord was ready to forgive.

When Satan accuses us, we need to say to him, "Yes, I am a sinner and I have committed those sins, however, my God is ready to forgive. I have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and His blood has washed my sins all away."

David also noted that the Lord is plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Him. The Lord's arm is not shortened so that He cannot come to our aid. His mercy is ever abounding.
 30For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
 31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
 32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
 33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
 34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
 35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
 36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:30-36, King James Version)
We cannot begin to plumb the depth of the riches of God--for of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things: to whom be glory for ever.

I cannot think of a better verse to rejoice the soul. 

God Bless You,
Linda



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