Just Trust Him

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good. Psalm 54:6

I’ll state the obvious today, the Lord is good. What does that mean exactly?

Think of it in light of being a parent. Do respectable parent want a bad outcome for their kids? No, never. Neither does God want bad outcomes for His children. He desires good things for us. He desires all of us to come to repentance. He desires most of all that we come to Him. He desires that fellowship with us. Entire libraries could be filled with books written about His goodness, both practical and theological.

Bottom line is this: he wants what’s best for you. Trust Him in the big life events. Trust Him in the small things.

Just trust Him.

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Of Tweaking

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them. Psalm 54:5

Occasionally you get a chance to see David’s raw side. He had real enemies that he wanted to see destroyed, lest they destroy him first. It’s certainly not an unreasonable prayer given the circumstances. It’s highly unlikely that God would “honor” such a request; it’s just not His way to solve other people’s problems.

But is it wrong to pray that way? Absolutely not. I certainly wouldn’t pray this in public, but when you’re pouring out your heart to God in private, why not? God understands the emotion and motivation behind the prayer. He understands what is driving you stark raving mad about that person.

But here’s something you may not have thought about: even when you pray that way, he’s probably not going to change the other person. No, He’s going to change you and your attitude (unless the person is praying similar prayers about you!)

So, let me ask you this: when does God get to see your “raw” side, the side that no one else ever reveals in public? Obviously He knows our “raw” side, but when do you reveal it? It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you are open and honest with the Lord Almighty, which is never a bad thing. On the other, though, it will reveal a  side of you that may need to be… tweaked.

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Hang In There

4 Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

David reassures himself that all is right with the world, and that God is still in control of it. We need this reassurance regularly because we are not likely to get these kinds of affirmations from “the world.”

What would we do without His sustaining hand on our lives? What would we do without His strength throughout the day?

Encourage someone today with this Scripture verse.

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No Regard for God

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    people without regard for God. Psalm 54:3

People with no regard for God are all around us. They’re not trying to kill us as David noted but they tend to be arrogant and condescending, mainly because they think they have the world all figured out without God’s assistance. In some instances around the world, though, the godless are trying to kill (and in many cases succeeding) Christians. The godless (though they might even call upon their god, Allah, to carry out their evil) are ruthless and vile. They feel that ridding the earth of Christians is doing good in the world.

The persecuted church in the world still needs our prayers. For every one person you hear about in the news, though, it’s totally realistic that there are hundreds or thousands who do not have that notoriety. Those same people languish in prisons and concentration camps within their country. They are nameless and faceless tot the world, but certainly not to God.

Back in the Soviet Communism era, I recall seeing the haunted faces of those who were persecuted for their faith (and for political reasons). It was a cold cruel world for them.

As you think about this topic, pray. I know it’s difficult to pray for someone you’ve never met (and may never meet) who is locked away in a country 4000 miles away, but God knows who they are. He will bless you for it.

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Here’s My Zip Code

2 Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth. Psalm 54:2

Dr. Howard Hendricks told a story of a very young Believer with a prayer that went something like this: “Hi God, it’s me. James Fernwell. Um, You might remember me. I’m the guy that started believing in you. I’m in central Missouri.” Hendricks remarked that the only thing missing from his introduction was his zip code!

Fortunately for us, God knows where we are and everything about us. Yes, He even knows our zip code even when we don’t call on Him.

But that’s the point, isn’t it?

We tend to complicate things in our life, but sometimes we just need a reminder to go back to the basics.

What are the basics in this context?

Come to Him.

Now.

Today.

Tomorrow.

No set agenda.

Nothing to hide.

Nothing to fret over.

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