January 23, 2019
DAY 25: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verse for Today: Psalms 9:7-10
The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalms chapters 9-11 tell the story of praise, trust and lament. A reflection of life!
The central theme of the chapter 9 is to praise the Lord for His never-ending protection for those who love Him! Chapter 10, known as the “Lament Psalm,” is King David crying out to God; asking God, to deal with the people who are not following God’s will and those who are persecuting the king, David, himself. Please note that David never accuses God of abandoning him; he wants God to put his persecutors in their proper place. In chapter 11, King David proclaims he takes refuge in the Lord.
What is King David saying? It is unfortunate that a great many people mistake God’s protection as the same as hardship avoidance. This is just not what the Bible teaches! Please keep in mind, Satan and his minions “are looking for a soul to steal!”* Yours!
As we journey through the old testament you will discover that God did not remove the challenges of daily living from the people who followed Him. God helped them pass through those challenges. As we journey through the Gospels of the New Testament, we will see Jesus Himself navigate the challenges of daily living. If you are feeling confused continue reading.
King David usually prayed for God’s guidance. King David was constantly dealing with war or revolution. King David had tremendous family problems through which he had to navigate. In Psalm 10, David is lamenting the situation to the Lord, asking God to speed up the resolution of whatever he was encountering. He also asked that those who wronged him be punished.
King David never asked the Lord for a specific result to the difficulty he was encountering. King David sought refuge in the Lord’s guidance and not the conventions of man. David expected to be actively involved in resolving whatever problem he faced. He never expected God to say poof! and the circumstance would vanish. King David understood what living a life with God meant.
If you believe being a Christian means your daily problems will vanish - poof! You are mistaken. If you believe God will do the work for you, most likely you are mistaken, God will help you through. (NOT AROUND) Jesus did the heavy lifting at Calvary. Pray, meditate, and contemplate today’s lesson through this question: Is your life being lived with God? The Christians journey is not an easy one, nor a short one - it is an eternal one.
* Devil Went Down To Georgia” The Charlie Daniels Band
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