April 15, 2017. Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34 & 52
Ready to Battle
David is being hunted by Saul. Just imagine for a second how that would feel, being hated so much that someone is literally hunting you down to end your life. Not very encouraging, and probably the worst situation you could ever find yourself in. Safe to say, David is having a worse day than you.
Yet in these Psalms, David’s writing is encouraging. He writes of a God who is there to take on the battle for us, there protecting us.
7:10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.
Your God will go into battle for you, he is prepared daily to fight for you and with you.
27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
With the Lord by your side, why are you worrying about things that are out of your control? Follow in his light and you will be kept safe.
31:23 Love the Lord, all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.
Be faithful, love him and he will take care of the rest.
34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Be honest, cry out to him when you are afraid, let him know your angers and frustrations. Know that he sees you and knows your pain and He will help bring you out of it.
52:8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.
Take root in the truth and the love that you know is God. Praise him, love him, trust him.
Spoiler alert: God brings David out from under Saul’s hand and he goes on to be king.
David most likely saw some of his darkest days while Saul was pursuing him, but he held on to the truth and hope that was God. Please know that whatever you may going through, whatever struggle that seems to be drowning you, you are not alone. God is right there with his arms open waiting for you to turn to him and find comfort, safety and love.