OUR FATE IS NOT OUR OWN BUT GOD’S

We are living in unprecedented times and I know that the present events can cause anxiety and fear. I was reading 1 Samuel 23 recently and a particular verse overwhelmed me with joy. Most can recall the story of Saul’s pursuit of David. Saul’s jealousy and hatred consumed him and he continually sought David out to kill him.

  1 Samuel 23:10 – 14 reads, (10) “Then David said, “Lord God of Israel, your servant has reliable information that Saul intends to come to Keilah and destroy the town because of me. (11) Will Saul come down as your servant has heard? Lord God of Israel, please tell your servant.” The Lord answered, “He will come down.” (12) The David asked, Will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?” “They will,” the Lord responded. (13) So David and his men, numbering about six hundred, left Keilah at once and moved from place to place. When it was reported to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he called off the expedition. (14) David then stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him.”

  Notice the bold print in the last verse: But God did not hand David over to him. These words bring hope to all Christians alike. Like David, our fate is not our own but God’s. The key to living in this trying time is placing our hope and trust in Christ Jesus. Only He holds our lives in His precious hands, only He provides hope for the future, only He gives us grace each day to deal with life’s circumstances. As Christians we have a choice to make, live in fear and anxiety or place our trust in our heavenly Father who cares for us through the ages.

 

A Christmas Story

Christmas! What’s it all about? It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, gift giving, cooking and family. As Christians do we stop and take the time to think about the significance of Christmas.

As Christmas morning approached my thoughts turned to Christ birth and the events which surrounded that day. I began to read the Christmas story taken from Luke 2 and as I reflected upon God’s word I noticed something interesting in verse 13 & 14. Luke 2:13-14 reads, (13) “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying! (14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” O how awesome to have witnessed this event! I became curious at the term “host” used in Luke 2:13 and did a little research to understand what the significance was to this event. The term “host” was used to describe an army encampment. This term “multitude of heavenly host” suggest that the number of angels that appeared at this time was too great for the human mind to even fathom. I wonder why God chose to display such an event to humans. I can only begin to understand the glory of God and His desire to be worshiped. From the very beginning God recognized His Son for who He really is: God in the Flesh. We see Christ as the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, however, He was and will always remain our Savior and King. As Christmas day has passed let us not forget our Savior, the reason He came, the message He taught and the reason He died. Jesus is not just a babe in the manager, He is also our Savior from our sins, and King of our hearts and lives. As the New Year approaches, let us remember to share His light to all those in need of a Savior, to rejoice in His kindness and mercy, and to be thankful for all the many blessing we receive from Him.

THANKFUL

I woke up this morning thinking about the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. Most of the time we go through the motions of this holiday season not really reflecting upon the significance of a thankful heart.    

We get so caught up in preparing for our dinners, plans to travel to see our loved ones and yes, Christmas shopping, that we sometimes lose sight of this holiday.

How often do we find ourselves reflecting upon the blessings of God? Are the holidays the only times we stop and really consider the Lord’s blessings? I recently found myself contemplating this very subject.  Really, what’s so important about the Thanksgiving holiday? Most people living today have some knowledge concerning the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians and how Thanksgiving came to be a holiday. Have we as a society lost sight of the importance of this holiday and what it means to have a thankful heart?  Do we experience a sense of entitlement in life and fill our lives with copious amounts of stuff? Have we lost our appreciation of God’s blessings?

  After contemplating this subject I decided to do a little research on the word “thankful”. So what exactly does it mean to be thankful? Merriam Webster defines thankful as follows: 1.Conscious of benefit received 2.Expressive of thanks 3.Well pleased, glad

  Since the word “thanks” was used as part of the definition, I then researched the meaning of the word thanks. Merriam Webster defines thanks as follows: 1. Kindly or grateful thoughts, gratitude 2. The state of being grateful

Why go to this extent to research such a simple word as “thankful“?  I truly believe as a society we have lost sight of having a thankful spirit and a heart of gratitude. As Christians we should be living to a different standard than that of the world.

  Shouldn’t a thankful heart be a mark of a Christians walk with the Lord? As the apostle Paul penned the book of Ephesians and 1 Thessalonians he reveals the need for fellow Christians to give thanks in all things and in all circumstances.

Ephesians 5:15-21 reads, “(15) Pay careful attention, then, to how you live- not as unwise people but as wise- (16) making the most of the time, because the days are evil. (17) So don’t be foolish but understand what the Lords will is. (18) And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit. (19) speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, (20) giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (21) submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.” (CSB)

Again Paul reiterates the necessity of thankfulness in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which reads, (16) “Rejoice always, (17) pray constantly, (18) give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (CSB)

Wow! Scripture is pretty clear! Living a life with a thankful heart should not be an option for a Christian. We will experience peace and joy through prayer and by having a thankful heart to God.

When we have a thankful heart, God has promised us, even through difficult times, to give us grace and faith to endure all things. 2 Corinthians 4:15 reads, “Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.” (CSB)

  Our ultimate goal as believers is to bring glory to God! Looking to our Father with our needs and giving thanks to Him for all things ultimately brings glory to His name. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches let us remember what thankfulness is truly about. Let us remember everyday what Christ has done for us. Let us remember as Christians what Christ has called us to do and live rejoicing, praying and always being thankful.

  Father, help us to remember your will for us: to rejoice, to pray and to give thanks to You. We pray for grace in our daily walk and a faith that will endure all circumstances. We pray that our lives we continuously bring honor and glory to Your name Jesus. Let our hearts overflow with gratitude for all the many

blessings You bestow upon us. Let us never forget whose hands have provided for our lives. Amen!

The Power Of Encouragement

Often times we find ourselves discouraged in our walk of life. Discouragement often reveals itself in our lives when we are struggling with a family crisis, health problems, stress at work and even death of a friend or family member.

We begin to wonder whether there is a light at the end of the tunnel and how long we will have to endure the circumstances. I have experienced discouragement many times in my life and I am here to tell you be encouraged in the Lord. I am realizing that the key to overcoming discouragement is how we respond to life’s circumstances in Christ.

While reading my Bible one morning, my mind began to ponder the significance of encouraging words and the effect words have upon others. Why does Christ teach Christians to exhort one another to holiness and encourage us to speak things that are of good report? I find myself bombarded continuously with negativity from others and social media.

As Christians do you ever think how our words affect the mentality of others?  Numbers 13:26-33 and Numbers 14:1-4 records the story of Moses gathering the tribes of Israel. He selected 12 men to go and scout out the land of Canaan to see if the land was fruitful and what kind of people they would encounter. When the spies returned from their journey Moses inquired about the land whether it was good or bad. Out of the 12 spies sent 10 men brought back discouraging news to the people of Israel. Caleb and Joshua were the only two men that reported good news and were confident in the plan of God. Why is this? Because of the bad news received from the spies, the children of Israel became downtrodden and there thinking became hopeless concerning the Lords promises.

Numbers 13:27-33, Numbers14:1-2 reads, “They reported to Moses: “We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey, and here is some of its fruit. (28)However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there. (29)The Amalekites are living in the land of the Negev; the Hethites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the Jordan.” (30)Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, “Let’s go up now and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!” (31) But the men who had gone up with him responded, “We can’t attack the people because they are stronger than we are!” (32) So they gave a negative report to the Israelites about the land they had scouted: “The land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size. (33) We even saw the Nephilim there—the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim! To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.”(14:1) Then the whole community broke into loud cries, and the people wept that night. (2) All the Israelites complained about Moses and Aaron, and the whole community told them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt or if only we had died in this wilderness!!

Talk about discouragement; the children of Israel began complaining and to weep because of the bad news given to them by the spies. They began to complain and incite arguments against the very people God had chosen as leaders. An excellent word spoken in a timely manner will encourage the hearts of men and women to follow the Lord. Let’s stop and think about what the outcome could have been if the Israelites would have received just the report from Caleb and Joshua. Would they have moved forward into the promise land instead of wandering in the wilderness for another 40 years? Would they have followed the Lord into the land flowing with milk and honey because their hearts had been encouraged to do so?

So, how important is an encouraging word to others? I earnestly believe that words when used in an uplifting, timely manner will encourage others to step towards Christ.

Philippians 4:8 reads, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right , whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- If anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (9) Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (NIV)

Let God’s word spur our hearts to understanding the importance of encouraging others daily.

Ephesians 4:29 reads, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV)

Proverbs 12:25 reads, “Anxiety weighs down the hearts, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Many times we lose our way and become down trodden with the weight of our circumstances. We look at our surroundings with no hope and our hearts become heavy.  Let God’s word spur our hearts to understanding the importance of encouraging others daily.

Hebrews 10:24-25 reads, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (25) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

O Lord Jesus, Let our words bring hope and encouragement to others. I pray that our lives will draw others towards the love of Christ. Let us respond with encouraging words towards others that need to know your love and kindness. When there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, draw our hearts and minds towards you. O Lord, help us place our confidence in Christ knowing He has a plan and purpose for our steps.

Faith Challenged

  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) (NIV) What is faith? Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something even in the absence of proof: complete confidence. A simple definition of faith: “Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it” quoted by Billy Graham. In reference to scripture faith has two parts to it and both parts are equally important. The first part of faith is belief – belief that there is a God, that God loves us and sent His Son into this world to die for us and save us from our sins. Hebrews 11:6 reads, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” The second part of faith is our commitment – a belief that Christ came to save us, belief to place our lives in His hands, and to trust Christ alone for our salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – (9) not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)

  Now that we have established the definition of faith, do we as Christians really understand what it means to live by faith in our daily lives?   Why do we challenge God, or question Him about events taking place in our lives if we have faith in God to journey with us? I pondered upon this subject with a heavy heart as I am as guilty as the next person to express lack of faith in God when hard times arise.

I recently finished reading Numbers 13 and the chapter begins with Moses calling together all the tribes following him to go and spy out the land of Canaan. Further on in chapter 13 scriptures records the events of the men returning from their journey. All the tribes stood before Moses and began to voice to the people the news concerning the land of Canaan, the land which God had promises them. Numbers 13:26-28, 30-32 reads, and “They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. (27)They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey: Here is its fruit. (28) But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.” (30) Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (31) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re stronger than we are.” (32) And they spread among the Israelite’s a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.”

   Let’s stop and consider the ramifications of the men’s report in this chapter and how lack of faith in God is revealed in their report to Moses and Aaron. Out of the 13 tribes only Joshua and Caleb sought to fulfill the will of God. Why is that? As I contemplated scripture and the report spoken by Joshua and Caleb, I could actually see myself making the same choice as the crowd.

Doubting God’s ability to take care of me and fulfilling His will for my life. . It often seems when we hit a brick wall or when circumstances in our lives call for us to believe or trust God we fail miserably. We lack the faith that will carry us into the promise land like the Israelite. Why can’t we believe as Caleb and Joshua did in God’s provision and believe that God will make a way for us. You know, we often think we would live different than the people of Israel, however, without the presence of God daily in our lives we will falter and not move forward to the things God has called us too. Whatever the challenge you are facing or lack of faith we may express during times of trouble, let’s remember to step out in faith, trust God, commit ourselves to following Him and know with God all things are possible. James 1:5-8 (ESV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who give generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

O Lord Jesus, help us to be faithful to your calling; to step out when others wavier. Let us be like Joshua and Caleb believing with confidence that you will make a path for us to follow.  Help us diligently seek You, believe your promises and commit our heart to serving You. For You are always faithful!

Faith Challenged

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1) (NIV).

What is faith? Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something even in the absence of proof: complete confidence.

What is faith? Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something even in the absence of proof: complete confidence. A simple definition of faith: “Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it” quoted by Billy Graham. In reference to scripture faith has two parts to it and both parts are equally important. The first part of faith is belief – belief that there is a God, that God loves us and sent His Son into this world to die for us and save us from our sins. Hebrews 11:6 reads, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” The second part of faith is our commitment – a belief that Christ came to save us, belief to place our lives in His hands, and to trust Christ alone for our salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – (9) not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)

Now that we have established the definition of faith, do we as Christians really understand what it means to live by faith in our daily lives?   Why do we challenge God, or question Him about events taking place in our lives if we have faith in God to journey with us? I ponder upon this subject with a heavy heart as I am as guilty as the next person to express lack of faith in God when hard times arise. I recently finished studying Numbers 13 and the chapter begins with Moses calling together all the tribes of Israel and asking the leaders of each tribe to go and spy out the land of Canaan. When the men returned from there journey all the tribe leaders stood before Moses and began to voice to the people of Israel the news concerning the land of Canaan, the land which God had promises them. Numbers 13:26-28, 30-32 reads, and “They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. (27)They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey: Here is its fruit. (28) But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.” (30) Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (31) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re stronger than we are.” (32) And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.”

Why do we challenge God, or question Him about events taking place in our lives if we have faith in God to journey with us?

   Let’s stop and consider the ramifications of the men’s report in this chapter and how lack of faith in God is revealed in their report to Moses and Aaron. Out of the 13 tribes only Joshua and Caleb sought to fulfill the will of God. Why is that? As I contemplated scripture and the report spoken by Joshua and Caleb, I could actually see myself making the same choice as the crowd. Doubting God’s ability to take care of me and fulfilling His will for my life. It often seems when we hit a brick wall or when circumstances in our lives call for us to believe or trust God we fail miserably. We lack the faith that will carry us into the promise land like the Israelite. Why can’t we believe as Caleb and Joshua did in God’s provision and believe that God will make a way for us. You know, we often think we would live different than the people of Israel, however, without the presence of God daily in our lives we will falter and not move forward to the things God has called us too.

Whatever the challenge you are facing or lack of faith we may express during times of trouble, let’s remember to step out in faith, trust God, commit ourselves to following Him and know with God all things are possible. James 1:5-8 (ESV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (6)But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (7)For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (8)he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

O Lord Jesus, help us to be faithful to your calling; to step out when others wavier. Let us be like Joshua and Caleb believing with confidence that you will make a path for us to follow.  Help us diligently seek you, believe your promises and commit our heart to serving You. For You are always faithful!

Created With Purpose

Isaiah 25:1 says “O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”  

We were created with a purpose in mind and only fulfilling this purpose will give us the true joy and comfort we seek. That purpose would be to worship Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

   I recently finished reading the book “I Want God” written by Lisa Whittle, and I began to contemplate the subject why God created us to long for Him. Amidst all the comforts we have in our lives our souls and spirits are empty. We are never satisfied with our lives. We settle for a life of comfort instead of reaching for a better prize or calling; the calling to serve and live for God with intention. We were created with a desire to search for inner peace, comfort, happiness and a deep longing to worship, however, we try to fill this void with many things in life.  

How many times as Christians do we cease searching for God and His plans because we have found temporary comfort or filling in the here and now. We are constantly filling our life with stuff to avoid the emptiness we experience in our lives. When I ponder on these things I remember who my Maker is and the reason behind our creation. We were created with a purpose in mind and only fulfilling this purpose will give us the true joy and comfort we seek. That purpose would be to worship the true living God! Our deepest longings stem from the Maker himself and this emptiness which we experience should drive us to worship Him. Why do we resist what the Maker has instilled in our souls? When we take the time to research scripture one will find numerous verses which reveal the heart and purpose of God and His desire to be worshiped. Ecclesiastes 12:13 reads, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Solomon discovered that life was more than merely seeking riches and pleasures of the flesh but what brought lasting joy in life was one’s relationship with God.

 

. Revelation 5:13 reads, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”  In the writings of Psalm 104, the psalmist openly declares the Lord’s glory in His creation and acknowledges that the Creator is greater than His creation and is worthy of worship. Job 12:7-10 reads, (7) “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; (8) or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. (9) Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, (10) in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”

We cannot go against what God has created and find peace or happiness! As a Christian we know these things but at times become complacent in our lives and forget our true reason for our creation. It’s time to remember what we were created for and why! To recognize our Creator and worship Him and thereby fulfilling our spiritual destiny. Revelation 5:12-13 reads, (12) “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing” (13) And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Lord Jesus, help us to remember amongst our journey in life to stop and worship you, for you are our Maker and know all our flaws. Help us to recognize that without you we are but empty shells waiting to be filled with your presence. Help us to seek your face today and live a life created with purpose by worshiping you!

Ecclesiastes 12:3 “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”

TRUSTING GOD


To whom do we run or what do we seek
when circumstances have erupted beyond our control? Do we run to the Lord? Do we seek Him first for comfort and wisdom?

How many of us have experienced restlessness in our Christian walk or have feelings of hopelessness due to circumstances that have erupted beyond our control? We begin to question God about our circumstances and our faith begins to waver.  Is lack of trust consistent with what the Lord wants for our life as a Christian? Will we reflect Christ’s characteristics in our Christian walk if we continue to pursue life’s circumstances with our minds and hearts not focused on trusting the Lord? Complaining and grumbling instead of being thankful; depressed and hopeless in light that Christ is our hope and salvation. To whom or what do we seek in our inner most being when we are hurting, angry, anxious, sick or having family issues? Do we run to the Lord? Do we seek Him first for comfort and wisdom?

This morning as I read Jeremiah 17:5-8 my mind began to contemplate the contrast stated in these verses. Jeremiah 17: 5-8 reads, (5) “Thus says the Lord, Cursed is the man who trust in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.” (6)” For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.” (7)  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” (8) “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (NKJ)

What can I glean from God’s word concerning these verses? Why such a contrast on this subject of trust? I believe Christ knew our first instinct would be to seek man for advice, comfort, confirmation and hope, however, we should be seeking the Lord first in all areas of our lives. How often do we seek man instead of the Lord? The words that Jeremiah penned were not a mistake and still applies for today’s circumstances. We have a choice to make every day!  We can rely on the Lord and live a life filled with trust, hope and refreshment or we can trust in man or our on capabilities. We can choose to remain in our “desert” and let it blind us and our soul will stay barren and parched or we can choose to be like the tree that is planted by the river of waters trusting in the Lord and our souls will be renewed.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Trusting is a choice we make every day! Will we decide to trust and follow the Lord today?

Lord Jesus, Help me today to trust in you with circumstances surrounding my life. Thank you for your grace and mercy! I pray for wisdom, discernment and strength to face a new day given to me by your hands.

Desperate for God

Do we long to have a relationship with Christ.
What is standing in our way?

How often do we find ourselves longing to have an intimate relationship with Christ, but will not take the time to pursue Him. We want to experience intimacy with Christ, however, we find other things in life to fill the longings in our souls. He is waiting for us to follow after Him and pursue Him in our daily lives. Why do we persist in this fight against the Lord? I have experienced these times of desperation within my own life. I make excuses for lack of pursuing God or become overly busy in my daily events to drown out the longing Christ has placed in my soul. Do we really love God? Do we really want an intimate relationship with Christ? Throughout the Old Testament we read of God’s faithfulness and love He showed toward the Israelite people even though they were rebellious and sinful. I began to ponder on the writings of David contained in Psalms 3 & 4. David loved the Lord and sought God in worship, but something happened. David sinned and along with sin came a broken relationship, fear of the unknown, self-doubt and lack of faith. Are we any different from David? During these times of loneliness and helplessness David sought the only One that could truly help him with his struggles. Like David, I have found that when we seek the Lord with humility and lamentation we come to a place of worship before our Father. Why do we seek other things or people to fill our souls when Christ is waiting on us to seek His companionship, comfort and strength? Like David we first must be desperate to seek the Lord in our life and understand there is no other person or thing that will replace His joy, peace and comfort. Psalm 3:3-4 reads, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.” Psalms 4:1 reads, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.” (3) “But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.” David’s circumstances, like our own, brought him to a place to seek God through cries of desperation.  

O Lord, let us become desperate for you and seek you in worship. Let us recognized that you, O God, are our only hope and rescuer.