Sunday, April 7, 2019

Songs in difficult days

The Psalms of David.

David the Shepherd became a soldier and then, after many years , was crowned King.
One would have expected his songs to be filled with times of victory and triumph.( He did defeat the giant, he did win many battles, he did rule well). Some were songs of praise for God’s blessings, but most were the outpouring of grief and pain as He calls out to God for wisdom and strength to overcome the difficulties of life. In fact, some seem to be asking the question of God – Why?

Psalm 143 is one of these. I recommend that you read it.  David admits his unworthiness, his depression and his fear. Yet in it all is his longing to know and enjoy the presence of the LORD.

So often we seek for great things, thinking that happiness comes from wealth or easy times. God knows our hearts, and He wants to use broken vessels from which the light might shine.

Paul caught the meaning of this :
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” –therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
                      2 Corinthians 12:9

Let me summarize.

Being a Christian is not a measure of how much one knows, or how successful one is. It is rather knowing God more and more through Jesus Christ the Lord. This is then lived out as servant, as a son, as a steward dependant upon and directed by the  living Lord in heaven.

The last Psalm attributed to David – Psalm 145 has a beautiful conclusion:
“My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord
And let all flesh bless His holy Name forever and ever”

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