As we come to this Psalm of David I am encouraged by its title “The Assurance of God’s saving work”. David knew and experienced life’s challenges, but he was not put off by this fact, because he knew from his relationship with his lord that his God was greater than any problem that he faced. This is a good reminder to us to keep our relationship with our Saviour fresh and meaningful. The way we love our God is not some untested theory that we hope will work but it is based on the truth of His word when we apply it to the way that we live.

Verse 1 says: “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, may the name of God defend you”. Interestingly, David uses the word ‘May’, this could be replaced by the word ‘Allow’. In times of trouble, we have a choice, do we come to God for help or do we rely on our strength and willpower to overcome the situation? In the past, I have used both solutions to problems at various times. However, one thing I have learned and do not try again is to use my strength and willpower to solve the adverse situation, because I have learned that after I have ‘Toughed it out” in my strength the closeness that I once had with my Lord is now non-existent. Because I have excluded God from the situation. Because of this, I have found that it takes time and a major effort on my part to restore the relationship that I had previously experienced, not because God has abandoned me but because I have chosen to turn my back on God and believe that I could live without Him.

May we never go down that path, the verse asks if will we submit to God’s answer to the situation we are going through. It is so important to acknowledge that God is the answer to all our situations. David says in Psalm 37:25 I have been young and am now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread”. It is so reassuring to know that God will never abandon us, we can face life with such confidence knowing that our Saviour Jesus Christ has conquered everything. The next thing this verse challenges us is to rely on the character of God, this happens when we regularly read His word because we God in action in so many different situations.

Verse 2 says: “May He send you to help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion “. Now we come to a significant fact that we sometimes overlook. “The Sanctuary and Zion” speaks of the presence of God. This is an area of our life which is so important to be aware of. While God does not leave us or forsake us we can live a life that is not tuned into the presence of God. I love the presence of God and that is why I daily make room for Him and keep my spirit soft so that I can respond to Him all the time. This is the reason why I attend church twice on Sunday because I always come away refreshed through worshipping Him with other people. I have discovered the joy and pleasure there is in His presence and use every opportunity to keep myself soft before the Lord. May we allow the Lord to impact our lives and experience His presence as often as we can?

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  1. God doesn’t keep accounts, so every day is a new day with him. So wonderful that we Don’t have to do anything on our own, we just have to hand over every situation.

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