When I read the Psalms I often imagine myself to be the writer. I see myself as the ‘good guy’ calling out to God for help as I valiantly fight against the wicked. But as I read Psalm 36 I slowly realised that I may be the wicked person. If look honestly at the description of the wicked man in this Psalm I have to admit that I am not the good person and I need help.
David pleads with God to fight on his behalf. Jesus is our intercessor. The Good Shepherd who will fight off the wolf. Jesus is our divine defender. When we encounter them that fight against us we must step back and we must be humble, knowing that the fight is not ours but can indeed be placed in the hands of the Savior.
As a new believer I didn’t know what it meant to fear the Lord. When I was born again and transformed I knew that everything had changed. The Holy Spirit filled me with a love for Jesus and a deep desire to follow Him. I knew exactly what those men must have felt like when Jesus looked at them and said, “Follow me,” because I had experienced the same loving invitation. And then the real battle against sin started.
God can write the most intricate, lovely and beautiful novel in eight verses! Today as we read the first eight verses of Psalm 34, listen to the beautiful story that God is speaking into your life.
In the world today we throw the word ‘God’ around so easily; choosing to forget who we speak of. The words ‘God’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ are used fearlessly on a daily basis to curse and swear. Blasphemy has become the norm and sadly, even professing Christians have forgotten who they are speaking of.
Today as we pray we look to the promises of a Father who knows everything and sees everything. My encouragement today is that you would read Psalm 32, over and over, let the words soak into your heart, let the Holy Spirit speak to you as the Lord instructs and teaches you. The Lord reminds us today that as we humbly ask for forgiveness we are forgiven, that by the blood of Jesus, the finished work of the Cross, we are forgiven and blessed.
Today as we consider these strange times, let us go back to the promises of the Lord. As we read the Word, listen to the words and the promises of our loving Father.
Putting my faith in Jesus Christ did not make life easy. Putting my faith in Jesus Christ did not remove the trials, the tribulations. Putting my faith in Jesus Christ did not stop the storms of life.
Sometimes we need to remember who God is – how magnificent and how mighty He is. Sometimes we forget the scale of God and we start to minimize Him. Sometimes our days become so filled with worldly thoughts and worldly ambition that we forget about our God of Glory.
Sometimes we just don’t know where to start. As believers we know that we need to share the Good News but we often don’t know where to start! As days turn into months and months into years, we don’t see the spread of the Good News as we should, as we must. There is an urgent need for a Saviour but we don’t know where to start.