Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bounty of God

 5I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
 6Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
 7Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. 
(Psalm 142:5-7, King James Version)

Bounty of God

Why is it that we tend to fail to appreciate the true bounty of God except after difficulties arise, often resulting in miserable defeats or failures on our part? It is true that when life seems to be sailing along smoothy, we do not sense a great necessity for God's intervention, but when things begin to fall apart, as believers, we do know where to turn. Such was the case with David. When surrounded by his persecutors, who were much stronger, he understood that his only help would come from the Lord.

In making such a decision, he also came to realize a very poignant truth. The greater danger was not that danger posed by his persecutors, but rather the state of his soul without the Lord. In truth, before coming to Christ, our souls are being held captive in the prison of Satan. Christ, alone, can break the bands asunder and loose our soul from the prison of eternal death. Imagine, hiding in a cave, surrounded by enemies on all sides, and coming to the realization that your very soul is in mortal danger.

David rose to the occasion by reaching out to the only true and faithful help any of us have. He reached out to the Lord, crying that his very soul would be released from prison. In doing so, he was practically overcome with the realization that he was actually surrounded on all sides by the righteous. Those enemies that sought his life were nothing in the mighty hands of God.

We know from reading the story of David as told in the Word of God, that God did, indeed, rescue David time and again from his enemies. God's hand was never too short that He could not reach down and pluck David from the burning embers of life and plant his feet on solid ground. Truly he did experience the bounty of God throughout his entire reign as the King of Israel.

What of us? What is our relationship with this God we profess to serve? Do we have the assurance that, no matter what our specific trials may be, our God is greater than these trials? Do we know that He will reach down and pluck us from the evils that surround us and plant our feet on solid ground? Do we understand that there is nothing in this life that can wrench us out of the protective hand of God our Father?

Let us pray that God would graciously comfort and protect us this day, that we may go forth with the assurance that God is always by our side. We, like David, can live in the grace and comfort of the bounty of God.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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