As we commence this new year it is good to remind ourselves of the title of this Psalm of David  “Prayer and thanksgiving for the Lord’s righteous judgements”. David wanted to make certain that we understood that our God is righteous and that everything that He does comes out of His righteous nature. Because He does not change, He is the same yesterday, today and forever we have confidence in being a child of God. Although the world in which we live is constantly changing we live with the peace that comes from knowing God does not change. Verse 13 says: “Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You will lift me up from the gates of death “. Even though he had been anointed by God to be the next king, King Saul was hunting him like a criminal and if he had caught him he would have killed him. It was in this dire situation that David cried out to God for help. He realised because God had anointed him then it would only be with His help he could survive. When you read the account of Saul chasing David you see Gad’s hand of protection so many times. There is something that we should never forget and that is God is our only help. Proverbs 3: 5&6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on our own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths “. This is good advice for us because at times we can be tempted to lean on our understanding, and when that happens we find ourselves away from our close relationship with the Lord that we once had. This is something that David had learned from when he was a teenager looking after his father’s sheep so good was his protection in the time of crisis. As we live life we can all remember times when God has stepped in and helped us. Also, David acted with integrity when he was being pursued by Saul, he had the opportunity two times to kill Saul and his men said that he should but he acted Godly and because of this, he was able to receive God’s help. His cry to God was “You lift me up from the gates of death”. This statement declares how serious his situation was and because of its serious nature, he trusted his God.  In Verse 14 he declares: “That I may tell of all your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion, I will rejoice in your salvation “. David was looking for any opportunity to tell everyone of the greatness of his God in his life.  This is a good attitude to copy, I have decided if I do not have anything good to say then I say nothing. This month is the tenth anniversary of the passing of the Love of my life and this is how I have enjoyed these ten years by talking about the greatness of God in my life, not the sad times in which there have been many. David said that as he went to the Temple he would tell everyone of the goodness of his God in his life and the other thing was that he would rejoice in God’s Salvation. This month is so special to me because on Australia Day weekend 1954, I was born again and these 70 years have been so good enjoying His Salvation. I can rejoice with David because God’s Salvation is so precious and I am so thankful that He sought me and I said yes and these 70 years have been so good living with Jesus.

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