I write my blogs on Monday mornings as I reflect on the Lord after being impacted by choosing to set Sunday apart to spend time with Him and His church. Especially Sunday night when there is a significant number of youth who passionately worship the Lord because of their changed lives. In this Psalm, David is very vocal in expressing his thankfulness for the love of God shown to him. This encourages me to have the right focus on life, I am determined not to allow the pressure of life and the conflicts that the world is experiencing to impact my love for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is so important to remind ourselves of the goodness of God in our lives, as the hymn reminds us “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. The biggest danger we face is allowing our Christian life to become mundane because when we do we lose the excitement of living with Jesus. Verse 3 says: “For you meet him with the blessings of goodness; you set a crown of pure gold upon his head “. David never forgot his journey to become King, he experienced mistreatment from his family and King Saul but these actions did not stop him from loving his God. This is something that I have observed many times over my life people go through tremendous difficulties but never lose their love and confidence in their God.

When you talk to them they are so excited by what the Lord means to them that their difficult situations are not mentioned because they are insignificant to them and cannot be compared with the joy of their salvation.  The pleasure of being called by Jesus to be a follower of Him is so precious and we must make the effort to continually experience the pleasure of living with Jesus.  When you look at the history of David after he was anointed to be the next king of Israel all you see is that it was not pleasant what he experienced but despite that you see him relying on God’s direction to be victorious even when he had the opportunity twice to kill King Saul despite being encouraged to do so. He refused to touch the person who was anointed king of Israel.

This is a warning to us there are no shortcuts that we can make in our Christian walk, we must live by what the Bible teaches. Verse 4 says: “He asked life from Him and you gave him length of days forever and ever”. This is very interesting because the Bible does not record the situation or circumstance when David asked the Lord for a long life. David lived a very dangerous life at times, when they went to battle David did not sit back and watch his soldiers fight he led them into battle. When he was older his strength was not what it used to be he was almost killed and was saved by another soldier. After that, his men would not allow him to be at the forefront of the battle. David had a testimony of God’s protection in the many battles that he experienced. While David may have had some natural ability his trust was always in his God and the ability that God gave him. This is something that I have experienced over my life, in many aspects of my working life I have acknowledged that it was God’s ability, not mine that brought success. When we rely on the Lord for ability and wisdom it takes away the pressure to perform. This is why we can experience such joy in our salvation, God’s salvation is not limited, and it is so rewarding when we experience His salvation in all facets of our lives. The goodness of God is so amazing and is only experienced when we place Him first in our lives.


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