Friday, April 8, 2016

He Will Not Abandon Us


“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” Ps. 16:9-10 (NIV)

This is a continuation of my previous post.
               “my heart is glad” When we have lightened hearts, we are relieved from our worry. The first time we took our infant son to the children’s hospital, to see one of his doctors, I tensed with fear. The doctor did one action and then said one sentence and my fear seemed to melt away in an instant. I had never experienced anything like that.

               “my tongue rejoices” A few years ago, I kept a list of praiseworthy gifts God gave me. I received such a blessing by doing this; I did it a second year. I was not able to finish last year’s list. In addition, I did not start one this past January. The writer of one of the blogs I follow, Julie Sunne, lists her gifts of blessings at the end of each blog entry and has done this for at least five years-I believe she is close to 5,000 recorded gifts.

               “my body will rest secure,” When I cannot fall asleep, I find myself praying for those who have serious illnesses and their caregivers. I seek God’s wisdom on things that bother me. I lift up those who face tragedy-personal and national.

               “you will not abandon me to the grave” God will not throw away those that belong to Him. He will not ‘kick to the curb’ anyone who lives for Him. He does not ‘turn His back on’ anyone who seeks His comfort.
               Several years ago, I had a sticky circumstance come into our lives. This event embarrassed me; it made my husband uneasy and very vocal about his feelings on the issue. I had done nothing wrong. I did not want to share the particulars with my friends; however, when I did they all treated me with kindness and respect. I praise God for those dear friends. God did not abandon me; He comforted me even when certain people made me out to be the ‘bad guy.’

               “nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” God protected His Son, as He became sin for us. He will protect us, even as we enter the phase of life that takes us into His presence for all eternity.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

“I Will Not be Shaken”

“I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 (NIV)
               “I will praise the LORD” David chose to thank the LORD for being able to take refuge in Him. God has made his lot secure. The shepherd king has a delightful inheritance.

               “who counsels me” We learn to seek God’s counsel in times of doubt, distress, and fear. When we face difficult times, He waits for us. What we sometimes neglect to do is go to Him first Times I needed to go to him have been simple, as when I can’t find my keys, to the more complex as when I need to respond to a question a friend of mine asks. 

               “even at night my heart instructs me.” God speaks to our hearts 24/7. He reigns in the believer’s heart from the time we ask Him to come in. Even when we find ourselves not living for Him, He is there convicting us. As I initially wrote this, I received a phone call from our church. A retired pastor and his wife request prayer for their family; a great-grandson has passed away due to a car accident. They also request prayer for another person involved in the accident. That second person is in critical condition.  

               “I have set the LORD always before me.” David shares with us some intimate thoughts about his relationship with God. He tells his readers he always has God in view and can look to Him at all times.

               “Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” When we have the Lord and we live for Him, He strengthens us and allows us to stand in the face of adversity. I have two close friends who each have several family members who are dealing with severe illness and disorders. As I came to these words, I texted one of them this verse.

(More in the next post)


Monday, April 4, 2016

Trust in the LORD

“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Ps. 37:1-3 (NIV)

               I find this passage very interesting. The message here can be timely. David tells us not to worry about those who do evil to others. He magnifies his guiding words by further saying we should not envy those who break laws—God’s laws or man’s.

               The shepherd king reminds us that evildoer’s time here on earth—as is every man or woman’s—is limited. People become weak through disease, lifestyle, or habits.

               Then David turns a corner in his message and advises his readers, including us, to trust in God. In addition, he tells us to do helpful, admirable, and uplifting things. He then, tells us to live in the land and appreciate the protection we have.

               In our 21st Century world, we do not see a lot of safety in the world. We have to trust in the LORD for the protection we do have. The world desires peace; lasting peace will come only when Jesus returns to reign on earth 

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