And You?

4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God. Psalm 43:4

David praised God with a lyre, a small stringed instrument most similar to a small harp. In Psalm 150 we are instructed to praise him with Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, harp and lyre, timbrel and dancing, strings and pipe, the clash of cymbals, resounding cymbals, then everything that has breath.

David’s instrument of praise choice here was a lyre; what’s yours? But you say you’re not all that musical. Fine. What then are you praising God with? Do you really think He cares that you may be out of tune? Do you think it matters whether the tune you do carry sends the dogs ahowlin’? In fact, you’re probably in a better place than those who know music and try to get it perfect.

Again, I ask. David praised God with a lyre, his instrument of choice. How do you praise Him?

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A Trust Issue

3 Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3

If you’ve ever observed a blind person being led, he or she generally places great confidence in the person leading them. They depend on direction, movement, and guidance. The person leading has the best interests of the person being led. In today’s vernacular, the one leading has the blind person’s back. Even so, the blind person must completely trust the decisions and guidance given.

David is needing to be led like this. He realizes his own futile attempts at doing things on his own. He understands his own shortcomings, and I think he knows that if the Lord were to remove His guiding hand, David would be finished.

Are we any different? Do we want to be led? Not normally. Do we want to feel vulnerable? Rarely. But are these two things necessary to be led. Probably. You have to want to be led and in doing so you will be vulnerable.

It all boils down to trust, doesn’t it?

One foot in front of the other.

One turn.

One stop to wait for oncoming traffic.

One step in front of the other.

Every day.

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A Stronghold

2 You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy? Psalm 43:2

First a vote of confidence, then one of doubt. The sustaining force in David’s life was God the Almighty. Throughout all his writings, he never swayed from that truth. Yes, he had doubts. Yes, he suffered greatly because of his sin. But he knew who was ultimately in control.

The nations have changed and so has their leaders. Kingdoms have come and gone. Kingdoms will continue to come and go. And still, He is in control. He is the Rock, the Stronghold of our lives. It’s not a new concept but it needs to be stated often.

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Israel

1 Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked. Psalm 43:1

Now David begins to plead for the nation of Israel. Throughout its history, Israel has had very high highs and very low lows. The Lord chastises them more often than not.

In modern day Israel, it is struggling for its very survival. As the only free nation in the region, her enemies have surrounded her and are moving in quickly. Israel has very few allies in the world and none in the region.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure. Psalm 122:6

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Down in the Dumps?

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

These verses are a repetition of verse 5. So, let me ask you this, is your soul downcast? Have you been “down in the dumps” over things you can and can’t control in your life? Do you cry out to God, “Why, O Lord, why is this happening to me?”

Of course you’re not alone though it often appears that way.

The Spirit of God wants to refresh your soul. He wants to restore and renew the spirit within you. Take a few moments now o just bow your head and call out to Him.

Whether you’re reading this at 5am or at 11pm, He wants you to cry out to Him. He wants that communication. He wants your thoughts and your gripes and your woes to go along with your praises and stories of victory. Make it a habit; do it often. The renewal you’ll experience will wash over you like a flood.

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