‘You have delivered me from ALL my troubles…’What a joy to be able to look back and reflect on God’s faithfulness. David could look back and declare that the Lord had delivered him. Perhaps, as you look back on the years and months gone by, you can see His hand in your affairs? You can be thankful and expectant that the Lord can and will deliver you even now.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness and lovingkindness towards me. Like David, I can say the Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the bear and the mouth of the lion will deliver me out of this situation too. I have confidence in Your mighty hand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.’The Lord is your Rock – the firm place on which you can stand.The Lord is your Fortress – the safe place where you can feel secure.The Lord is your Deliverer – the One who rescues you from trouble.He is all you need. Find your strength and security in Him.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my Rock, You are my Fortress and You are my Deliverer. I will trust and not be afraid. I will abide in Your peace and not be impatient. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 28:7 My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
How did the lame man feel after he was healed by Peter and John, in the name of Jesus? The Bible says, “He went walking and leaping and praising God.” Remember what David did when he brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem? He danced before the Lord with all his might. I bet he got up and leaped for joy. How often do we get excited thinking about the great Salvation the Lord has wrought for us? Does your heart leap for joy each time you think of the Saviour? Have we grown to be too proper that we fail to get excited about God? We show our excitement when a goal is scored. Why not about Jesus?
For me, one of the wonderful things about the Psalms of David is the opportunity we have to see the heart of this mighty warrior. We see in Psalm 18, David’s overwhelming love for God, as well as his understanding that God is the One who grants him victory in his battles. Compare this attitude to other famous conquerors, such as Alexander the Great or Napoleon. They were men of great pride, who received praise and glory from the people around them. David never speaks of his own greatness and glory in battle, but rather gives all the glory and praise to the Lord. That’s why God called him “a man after My own heart.” He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. Psalm 18:16-17
The Lord has committed Himself to instructing us. When we wait on Him, He will give us insight into our situation – since He sees all things, He knows what steps we are to take. We may be surprised at the instruction, though, for His ways are not our ways. The Lord provides guidance as He keeps watch over us. The Holy Spirit prompts to guide our actions and decisions. He alone can see the end from the beginning and knows the hidden dangers and what’s best for you. What troubled waters are you trying to navigate? The promise is a stepping stone to finding your way through those harsh circumstances.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
The LORD is my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my Shepherd; therefore, I shall lack nothing, because I have the best possible shepherd taking care of me. He leads and feeds me, guards and guides us. Our Shepherd is good and gracious to us forever. It is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. With our Good Shepherd beside us, we have no evil to fear. He watches over us and keeps us from being destroyed by ravenous beasts. And Because He is our Shepherd we have every good to look forward to! Hallelujah!
Here’s hope from God’s Word, if you find yourself discouraged, struggling, or weary:
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 When we look around we get anxious and fearful, but when we lift our eyes to the Maker, He won’t allow us to fall. We may find ourselves on slippery slopes, but the God who knows all, knows our way. And even when we stumble, He will keep our footsteps firm. For if He made all of heaven and earth, surely He has an incredible plan, for you and for me.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The earth belongs to Him and to no one else. He is the rightful owner. There is only one name on the title deed to the universe, and it’s not yours, and it’s not mine. It’s God’s. Not only does the earth belong to the Lord, but everything it contains. That includes your “possessions”. More specifically, every single human being belongs to the Lord. That includes your family, even you. We are but stewards, good or bad, of what He has entrusted to us. Since everything in the world belongs to God, why then do we spend so much time and energy accumulating and clinging onto the things of this world? Do we recognize and acknowledge the fact that you own nothing in this world? Our very breath comes from Him!
Psalm 1:6’The LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.‘Doing the right thing and obeying God’s word always lead to blessing in the long term. The wicked may prosper for a moment, but their end is destruction. God watches over our path and that is so comforting. Even though the path seems rugged and thorny, His eyes are upon us and He will preserve our lives.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that right now You are watching over me and my life. I choose to do what honours and pleases You, for I know that in the end I will see Your blessing and favour resting on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
When we consider the vastness of creation, we often feel small and insignificant. But to Him we aren’t insignificant. The God who spoke the universe into existence, knows us and loves us. There is great peace to be found in the fact that He who created everything, owns everything, is in control of everything. It is out of His infinite abundance that He is able to supply our needs, order our footsteps with precision and walk us into every good He has for us. In Him we live and move and have our being. There’s nothing He cannot do for us. Put Your faith and trust in Him, today.
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1