This Psalm of David is so encouraging because it challenges the way that we relate to our Saviour. There is an adage that says: “Familiarity breeds contempt” If we allow our relationship with the Lord to be just part of our life and consider it to be not special then the importance of our salvation will suffer. It is good to use special occasions such as Easter to sharpen our focus on Jesus. Over my lifetime I have noted that there have been times when I have allowed the pressures of work and family life to dull my experience with the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And I have found that it takes great determination and discipline to restore our relationship with the Lord.

Verse 5 says: “We will rejoice in our salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfil all our petitions “. David was very clear in this verse that his salvation was a joyful experience. This is something we must guard against, loving Jesus is a joyful experience. This is one way of checking our closeness to our Saviour, whether is life good or a struggle.  If it is a struggle then we need to find for the struggle. Isaiah 12:3 reinforces David’s experience because it says: “Therefore with joy, you will draw water from the wells of Salvation”.  Note the verse says ‘will’ not ‘could’! The verse goes on to say not only that he will rejoice in his salvation but also in the name of his God. This concept is a bit foreign to us today because we do not name our children with a name that defines their nature. In Bible times it was different and read how God changed the name of people to match their new nature. Abram was changed to Abraham and Jacob was changed to Israel just to name a few. The verse goes on to say that we will set up our banners, in bible times especially the children of Israel each tribe had its banner and the people were known by their banner. I am challenged by the thought of what banner I live under, do the people around me know that I belong to Jesus? May we submit to God and allow Him into every part of our way of living.

Verse 6 says: “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed, He will answer from His Holy Heaven, with saving strength of His right hand “. There is no substitute for experience, you may have heard how God has worked in the lives of people, and that can be encouraging it is not a substitute for experiencing God in your life. One of the pleasures that I have is that I can look back over my lifetime and be encouraged by the number of times that God has stepped into my situation and I have experienced victory in my life.  David was no different he commences this verse with “Now I Know” This is a great place to be in because it does not matter how bleak the situation may seem to be, it does not stop our confidence in our God. David knew that when he called out to his God He would answer him from Heaven. He also declared that he was saved by the strength of God’s right hand. In the bible times, the right hand was the source of power and David was quick to acknowledge that it was God’s right hand that saved him. Today we can live with such peace of mind knowing that the Lord with His strength will protect us.

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  1. It is a wonderful assurance to know that we do not have to go through things alone, we just have to come to God in prayer and hand our concerns over to him

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