Wednesday, July 18, 2012

God, Our Help

 1Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
 2For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
 3They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
 4For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
 5And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 

God, Our Help!

David had taken all he could take; he was tired and weary as he pondered the ways of the wicked. Was there no longer any justice on earth? Would the wicked rule forever? As David was overcome by the wicked who continually lied about him, filling the hearts of others with hatred against him, he went the only place he knew where mercy and love reigned: his Lord God.

Pouring out his frustrations to the Lord he sighed, For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer. Was David utterly defeated? Were there no other steps he could have taken against those who hated him?

I am sure there were many other things David could have done, but he realized that the first and only place he needed to go was the Lord. Before God, he could pour out his complaints, for God knew and saw everything. Indeed, the only one who could permanently come to his aid was God. For God's judgment against the wicked is thorough and complete. If God so chose, the wicked would be no more.

In our culture we seem to view God as the last resort--if all else fails, we finally turn to God for help, We view God as the One to turn to when nothing else works, but until then we will just take care of ourselves. After all, we do not really want God to interfere with our lives when everything is going well.

Is that the place God desires in the lives of His children? Does He only exist to bail them out of trouble? No! God is more than a permanent "Get out of jail" card, as though we are just playing a game of Monopoly. 

When Christ comes into the heart of a new believer, everything changes. For the true saint of God, life has taken a 180 degree turn. Until becoming a Christian, our own egos stood at the center of our lives, as though all of the world revolved around us. However, the new believer has replaced themselves with Christ. Now, Christ sits on the throne of their hearts. Everything they think, do, and say is based upon what is most pleasing to the Lord.

That is exactly what we see in the life of David in Psalm 108. The first One David turned to was the Lord. For, he understood that when all is said and done, God will deal justly with every man, woman, and child who has ever lived, is alive now, and who will ever live. In the end, all things will be made right; no one will slip by unnoticed by God.

How different might our lives be if we took some time each morning to fellowship with the Lord, and to beseech Him for help for the coming day, praying that God would be especially close to us throughout the entire day? Would our lives be different, as Christians, if we consciously remembered that the Lord Jesus is standing right beside us participating in every thing we do?

How I love the Psalms of David. David, the King of Israel, was a man of many passions. In the Psalms he bares his very heart before the Lord, and shows us that God is not only there for us, but He is the first One to whom we should turn in good times or in bad times. Christ's love for us is more than we can possibly comprehend! 

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal home.

God Bless You,

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