Saturday 21 August, 2021
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. 1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 3 How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? 4 Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. 9 Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. 10 Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11 One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, 12 and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.”
David never seems to run out of ways to describe his troubles. V1,2 David talks about God being his rock, his fortress and salvation. He tells us that he waits quietly before God, for victory comes from him. Then drops this pearl, “So many enemies against one man”. NLT
And that is what it feels like sometimes, that the whole world is against us, that troubles are everywhere. When it’s like that, we can take direction from David and put our hope in God.
What I am taking from this is that David could do something about his enemies. He is King. He can command one of his mighty men to do something and it would have been done. All those enemies against him? David could call an army to take care of it for him, but he doesn’t. He puts his trust, his hope in God alone.
What sets David apart from all other Kings of Israel is that he was a man after God’s own heart. Even though I don’t have an army that I can call on to take care of my troubles, I can follow the greatest King of Israel and wait quietly for God for my victory.
Power O God, belongs to you.
Father, I will take my eyes off my troubles, and look to you, for you alone are my rock, and my salvation, my fortress, where I will not be shaken.
Written by Andrew Martin
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