The Promises of God, Part 4 by Allan McGuirl
It has been interesting to see many of the promises in the Bible; things we can learn about how God is there to watch over us. But life is not always a bed of roses. There are challenges, struggles and even times of weakness. We get tired, lose energy, and sometimes feel overwhelmed with the work load that we have to carry. There are times when life is a real battle in overcoming the spiritual attacks of the enemy.
But “be of good courage,” the Bible says; there is hope and answers to the dilemma you face. There are accounts in the Bible where individuals faced some tough times. I think of Daniel facing years of death threats at the hand of King Saul, not knowing at any moment when he could be trapped by Saul’s army. But notice David’s attitude. In Psalm 18:1-3, David gives a great testimony: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Here we see the source of his strength.
I really like verse 2, “The Lord is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” I have often gone for walks into the hills and observed some magnificent rocks. You go back every year and see those same rocks virtually unchanged. And although over time they may weather and change, Jesus our solid Rock has not changed. He is always there to support us.
Then in verse 4, David is being surrounded by the enemy. In fact David says, “The cords of death entangled me. The cords of the grave coiled around me, the snares of death confronted me.” I don’t know if any of you listeners have ever been in a life and death situation, but that day David was in big trouble. It seemed like there was no way out. What do you do at a time like this? Here is what David did! Verse 6 says, “In my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.” You can see his personal relationship with the Lord. The Bible says, “From His temple He heard my voice.” If we skip down to verse 16 of this Psalm it says, “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.” God was there to help in the situation David was in.
Verse 17 says, “He rescued me because He delighted in me.” But why such an experience; why does He delight in David? It’s because God chose to love him and lavish him with His protection, and also because David was a man walking with the Lord. He goes on to say, “according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord.” Is David claiming to be without sin? Not in any way! But David knew the greatness of God’s mercy and that confessed sin would be put out of His sight. He knew the meaning of Psalm 32:1 and 2, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not hold against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.”
What do you think? Let me say, I believe that with the way the world is going, its violence, horrible crimes, and repulsive situations, that we could one day be surrounded by the enemy. Although we may not be surrounded by a literal army, we may be surrounded by forces of evil in our lives. We need to keep short accounts with God so that we have clean hands. Maybe in your heart right now you are saying, “I need to make things right with God. I need to confess my sin to him and be forgiven. I want clean hands.” There is a precious verse in I John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Why don’t you do that right now?
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