Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Piece of Advice from King David

This Psalm was part of my devotional reading this morning.

Psalm 62
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.
(ESV)

Here David has declared his trust in God, in spite of the opposition that he was experiencing from people.  While they planned to David harm, David spent time in worshipping his God.

Reading this I feel so busted because I am reminded how my response to opposition in life is so very different.  When road blocks come my way and it seems like people are trying to sabotage my life I scheme and make plans for how I will get the advantage.  The sad reality is that I often put my trust in my own cleverness rather than in God and His power.

As we read this Psalm we notice that David urged the readers, the singers, and the pray-ers of it to trust God at all times.  David goes on to say that our positions in life count for nothing and our wealth contains no last hope, in other words they are not the steadfast rock that our loving Heavenly Father is.

The person who trusts in power, fame, or fortune will one day be disappointed, for none of those things have the ability to give life.  Only the person who trusts in Christ Jesus has the opportunity to experience real and eternal life.  May I live my life trusting Him to be my rock and salvation, and may I teach others to do the same.

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