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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Psalms 4-8

Hello dear friends! I've missed you all ☺. Life has been very busy this week, and a certain special person
has needed extra help and support this week so that has been my priority. Thank you to all of you who have texted with messages of encouragement and prayer. We have appreciated your concern and friendship!

So, on to this past week's Psalms. Don't you just love the Psalms? On the right here is the memory verse for the incoming week too. There is always a word of comfort to be had there, for all kinds of situations. Not all the Psalms were written by David, although many of them were. But these 5 Psalms that we read this week were all by David. In Psalms 4-7, David starts by pleading with the Lord to help him in his time of great need due to persecution and trials at the hands of his many enemies. But the wonderful thing is that he always ends on a note of praise and worship when he realizes and believes that God is always in control and will indeed help him and answer the cries of his heart.

David pours out his fears, his worries, his grief, his own sinfulness in prayer to his heavenly Father. How many times do we start out on a sad or dejected note, almost overcome by the trials we are facing, only to end up in wonder and praise when we finally acknowledge our need to bring it to God? If you notice, his prayers and words very often start with the focus on himself (and that's where the negativity comes in) but he ends on a positive note because his focus has turned to God instead. Remember the words of this lovely hymn?

  1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!
    • Refrain:
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace.
  2. Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!
  3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!
  4. I love the words of Psalm 4:8, "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep; for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety." I used to be an awful woman for worrying about things and not being able to get over to sleep if I woke in the middle of the night with something on my mind. But I have learned to stop worrying, because I can't change anything about it anyway, and now God's peace comes over me and I sleep really well. In fact, it is so lovely and reassuring to know that He is in total control. What makes me think I can sort it out any better than God? I'm just happy to hand it over to Him; I know He cares for me and He will deal with it for me. David knew this too and sweet peace came to him even when his heart was so troubled that he spent much time crying and almost making himself ill. Once he consciously and happily handed it over to God, he could sleep in peace.

Look at verses 11 and 12 in Psalm 5. Christians can rejoice out loud because God is on our side and He defends and stands up for us. He blesses and protects us. Doesn't it make you wonder how people who don't know and love the Lord manage to make it through each day on their own? 

In Psalm 6, David is impatient for God to deal with his enemies. He is tired of struggling and suffering, tired of his tears and weary of the trials he is facing. Suddenly, it's as if he catches himself on and wakens up to what he has known all along, that once again he can pray in the sound assurance that God will indeed hear and accept his prayers. Are you sure that when you speak to the Lord he hears and answers your prayers? How do Christians know God hears them? Simply because His Word tells us that when we call upon Him He will hear. His ear is always open to the cries of His dear children, just like the ears of a mother are always tuned into hearing her little one crying during the night.

In Psalm 7, David is again comforting himself in his God, who he knows will look after him, even though he is being persecuted on every side. God is the defence of the Christian; He is biding His time, but He will soon come to the rescue of His persecuted people. David is assured that his enemies will be taken care of by God so he knows he doesn't need to seek revenge. He is much too wise to take that on. 

Psalm 8 starts with a note of humility as David wonders how an Almighty Creator God could be bothered with the likes of sinful man, how He could bestow so much power and goodness upon him; at the same time he worships and praises Him who is worthy to be praised because of how excellent and glorious He really is. There truly is no God like our Lord God Jehovah! He is full of love, mercy and grace to a world of sinners who do not deserve this mercy. 

Prayer matters:
♥   Let it be our prayer tonight that those who are not yet saved will be able to see the beautiful wonder and majesty of the God of heaven, while at the same time, acknowledging their own unworthiness before Him, undeserving of such mercy
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to trust in Him and His plan BEFORE you start worrying
♥   Ask Him for patience to accept that He will work in your life and sort things out in His perfect timing

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hugs, Karen x

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