Friday, October 26, 2012

Quicken Me!

 85The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
 86All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
 87They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
 88Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth. 
(Psalm 119:85-88, King James Version)

Quicken Me!

If you will remember, the Psalmist left us in a parched state, discouraged and troubled by the persecution of his enemies, wondering when God would intervene on his behalf. However, just a few verses later we see the true heart of the Psalmist.
But I forsook not thy precepts. Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
Is that not the true heart of a believer? It is not how we look to our God on those glorious days when everything is going well, but rather, how do we look to our God when nothing is going right and there is no end in sight of the agony we are suffering? Even while everything was still uncertain, the Psalmist cried out, "But I forsook not thy precepts . . . so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth."

While it is true that those who do not know Christ live with only a sort of half-perception of the realities of this life, that is not the case for those of us who trust in Christ as our only hope, our deliverance, and our Savior. As we look around us, we understand that there is so much more to the reality we perceive than what is visible to our naked eyes.

We cannot see angels, and yet we know they exist as an innumerable host living and moving among us, guiding us, protecting us, and leading us in the way we should go. They fight battles for us, and continue to administer help and aid to us as ordered by God Himself. We also know that along with the angels of God, the minions of Satan, cast out of heaven as fallen angels, live and move seeking to thwart God's plans and lead us away from the truths of God.

Let us not, then, become too overly concerned about the events of this life which may seem so important to us at the time, but are really so unimportant in comparison to the realities of eternity. We have every confidence that God, our Father, our Lord, and our King, is continuing to gradually unveil His eternal plans as this world fast proceeds to its utter end and destruction.

As we walk through the path given to us by God, may we, like the Psalmist, cry out in our days of weakness, "Lord, quicken me! Grant me peace and comfort, knowing that You have all things under control."

Let us, too, continually seek wisdom from God that we will walk through this life, shining forth as lamps of the righteousness of Christ. Not that we have any righteousness in and of ourselves, but that we have been empowered from on high with the righteousness of Christ.

How amazing is that? Go, today, in the power of God, and live this day to the fullest!

God Bless You,

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