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August 23, 2013

 Text:  ” May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!  May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”  But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!”  Psalms 70:4-5

This psalm is an urgent petition for God’s assistance. Look at the author’s desperation: “Make haste” (twice in verse 1), and “Hasten” in verse 5. Fearing the threat hovering about him, he makes appeal to the only friend he deems powerful enough to deliver him, the Lord.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have have such an awesome provider and protector? Every day we are protected in his bosom. Every day he provides food and shelter. There is safety in his hands and love in his heart at all times. His children have the right to speak to him in prayer, which he has promised to answer. He has given us a disclosure of himself so that we may understand him. Indeed, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”  James 1:17

Now here comes a second question: Are we happy about sharing in God’s providence, protection, and  salvation?  Are we thankful souls, or murmurers? Do we carp and complain about what we have been given? Are we disgruntled that we don’t have more? In his distress King David requests relief from plots and subversions of his enemies. He is confident that God has ever and always will bless him. So should our faith ever be.

Not so the Israelites in the Sinai desert. In Exodus 16, immediately after the crossing of the Red Sea the people of Israel became discontent about the food they had. The people began a grumbling  (so KJV) campaign in the camp.  The English word murmur means “a half-suppressed or muttered complaint”. This came to the ears of both God and Moses and God miraculously provided manna.  They didn’t like that either: more murmuring. God gave them water, manna and quails to eat, made their shoes and clothes last the entire 40 year trek in the desert. And still they grumbled and complained!

David, the mighty king of Israel (this psalm’s writer),  in the last verse of the Psalm humbles himself before God and man: “But I am poor and needy…you are my help and my deliverer…”  Israel’s second king had come from being a shepherd boy to sit on the throne of God’s people! His wealth could have gotten him anything he wanted. But the thing he wanted from God was that his enemies should relent in their blood-thirst for him.

But it is in verse four that David poses some lessons for us all.

“May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!” It is one thing to say you are you are God’s child, but it may be quite another to be delighted and satisfied about it.  Some choose every day to grumble and discount what God has done for them. But if you truly seek him, Be elated about him every day!

“You are my  help and my deliverer …”  What would life be like without God and his precious providence? Do not fear that God is looking over your shoulder. Be confident that he is!  No matter the severity of the tribulation that threatens you…trust that God is more powerful than that trial, and he can and will help you overcome it!

And remember: GOD IS GREAT! 


One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    How often in my work I wish I had had the faith and confidence of a David. Enemies arise in what would seem the safest of places. God was always there, but so often I had a hard time seeing Him. Thanks for this message.–ls

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