Sunday 3 May, 2015

Psalm 108

My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. 2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 3 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. 6 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. 7 God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth. 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter. 9 Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” 10 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? 12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. 13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

As king of Israel and as commander of the army, David acknowledges the importance of being quiet before the Lord. It gave him the confidence to launch into passionate praises; so much so that his songs of praise were heard loud and clear by the nations he fought against.

What great songs they were, filling the heavens, giving glory to his Lord. David sung about the extravagant love of God and his amazing faithfulness through his worship, he appeals to his God to “come with His might and strength” and he acknowledges that the Lord is the One who will conquer their enemies and secure the land He had promised.

David also recognised that it is no use putting trust in any man, he declares that if God will help them there was no foe able to withstand their might and power.

This is such an inspirational Psalm! It encourages us to live in God’s Presence every day of our lives. It reminds us that only with God’s help will we be able to overcome the problems we face, and it tells us that there is no problem capable of withstanding the power of the Holy Spirit in and through each one of us.

Lord, thank you for who you are and we rejoice in your incredible love. We honour you for your amazing faithfulness. Holy Spirit make us aware of the Father’s presence in every circumstance of our lives.

Written by Keith Bennett

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