Follow What The Lord’s Will Is For Our Life

Wednesday psalm 40 8

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Praise The Lord For His Help!!!

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Psalm 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Psalm 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Psalm 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
Psalm 34:22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

As we look at the genres of the Psalms we find the Thanksgiving Psalms. Thanksgiving Psalms always talk about a difficult situation which has been fixed. We might want to think of Thanksgiving Psalms as our response when God helps us out of trouble.

In many ways a Thanksgiving Psalm is similar to a Hymn of Praise … indeed they often start out in the same way with an expression of praise to the Lord. However the difference between a Hymn and a Thanksgiving Psalm is that the Thanksgiving Psalms always talk about a difficult situation which has been fixed. We might want to think of Thanksgiving Psalms as our response when God helps us out of trouble.

So, when we read Thanksgiving Psalms the features we are looking for is an opening section which praises God – and then a section which talks about the way God helped and answered in the middle of a difficulty.

Some Psalms which are Thanksgiving Psalms include:-

Psalm 18
Psalm 30
Psalm 32
Psalm 34
Psalm 116
Psalm 124
Psalm 129

We are going to look at Psalm 34 as the example.
I came across a good and interesting saying.
“Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense”.
David could easily have written that saying couldn’t he. This Psalm describes a time when he found himself in a difficult situation. The title of the Psalm tells us that it was written When he feigned insanity before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.
So, if we are going to understand this Psalm – we need to understand the situation it refers to.

1 Samuel 21:10-15
And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

The observant among you may have already noticed a bit of a discrepancy. (remember Our Lord makes no mistakes, or confuses anything).

In 1 Samuel 21 the king is called Achish.
In the title of Psalm 34 the man’s name is Abimelech.
It is not a mistake.
Abimelech means “my father is king” and it is official title of the Philistine king.
Just as Pharaoh was the name given to the king of Egypt, and Caesar was the name of the leader of Rome.
Abimelech and Achish are the same person.
And you have to feel sorry for him because it seems he is surrounded by madmen. One of whom is David. And David has some real problems.
At the moment he has been on the run from King Saul who has threatened to kill him. In desperation he enters the territory of the Philistines … a town called Gath. Not really a smart move.
You see Goliath … the big man who David killed with a stone from his slingshot … well he was a Philistine.

In fact Goliath used to live in the town of Gath.
You don’t kill the hometown champion without becoming well-known.
So it is not long before David finds himself in the palace of the king of his enemies.
David is without any military support.
David is very afraid.
So, in desperation, he uses insanity as a defense.
Basically he pretends to be someone he isn’t – in the hope of getting away.
So here is my question:- Why doesn’t David put more faith and trust in God to save him? Now when he was younger he certainly trusted the Lord with his life.

Instead of scribing marks into the doors why doesn’t he pray and ask God for help – like Daniel did when he was in the lion’s den.
Instead of letting tears run down his cheeks, and panicking, why doesn’t he stand up and say, “I belong to God and He will protect me”? Now I am sure most of us in this same situation would be a bit fearful and panicking. However David as a young boy did trust God with all things.
It seems like he is trying to save himself. It all seems so ungodly and not at all a sign that he trusted in the Lord.

But looks can be deceiving. We know this is the case because Psalm 34 is a record of David’s thoughts when he was going through this difficulty. In fact in verse 1-10 we have a personal diary of David.
• Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

• Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
• Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
•Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
• Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Whichever way you look at it these are not the words of someone relying on themselves or their own strengths to escape. This is the testimony of a man who is putting his total trust in God.
There is a reason David is called “A man after my own heart” by the Father.

It’s a testimony we can relate to can’t we. Often we have found ourselves in trouble. Regularly we come to the Lord on our knees and cry out in desperation, “Lord I need help”.

Our marriage is having difficulties … we seem to be drifting apart.
I’m struggling with a particular sin … it always tempts me. (we need to remember the Lord ALWAYS gives us an out)
My career is not what I expected it to be … now I don’t feel secure.
My health is causing me to worry … where are the answers?
The plans I have for myself … my family … my future … they all seem to be falling apart. (well when we are relying on self and what plans we have without the Lords blessing we will have problems)
Financial struggles are getting on top of me. (often times we have put ourselves in financial difficulty I know i have).
I have doubts, and questions, and fears.

How many times have we sought the Lord for help? Many.
How many times have we seen God help us? Many as well.
Our experience is that God has helped us again and again. That is our experience. But there is a problem with experiences – because our experiences of seeing God help us can be inconsistent. Often times we focus on the negative, the bad and lose sight of what our Lord is doing.
There are times when we have seen God provide in amazing ways for our personal and financial needs. At other times we find ourselves in debt and facing a huge wall to get over.

Our health … or the health of people we love. Sometimes we pray and we see amazing answers and God’s provision. Other times we have to sit back helplessly and watch pain and suffering, or even death, take hold.
One time we pray for protection on the road:- and a near-miss makes us so thankful to the Lord. On other occasions we have found ourselves involved in a serious collision.

Well, at best, we would come to the conclusion that God comes through often; but not all the time. Or we might conclude that God is often in control … but sometimes evil takes control.

Now when we are honest we have to say God is there with us all the time…When things don’t go right it is we are losing sight of what the Father wants for us, or putting our complete trust in him. He NEVER fails we fail daily!!

Experience is a good teacher – but it doesn’t always teach us God’s truth.

Even David experiences this dilemma. On this occasion he was saved. And he cries out to God in thankfulness. But there were other times when he wasn’t feeling the love. Was it God’s fault during them times? NO WAY!!

Some days we wake up and it doesn’t feel like God is for us. Some days it seems that He is not listening to our prayers. I’m not saying that God isn’t doing what He promises. All I am saying is that it doesn’t feel like it at times. And when our spiritual life doesn’t feel right we need to go back to the truth of the Scriptures and be reminded that in all of life God provides and we can be thankful for these provisions. Sometimes we feel like he left us because the prayers were not answered according to our wants, and our will. Would we really continue in a path the lord is not blessing? Something that is out of our fathers will or timing? NO WAY!!! If we continue pridefully in our will and timing we will have a great fall. Sometimes we can get away with it for a while but eventually we see that the Lord is not happy.

The first of these provisions seen in verses 11-14 where we discover that God will provide by giving us direction.
Psalm 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Psalm 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
That is the direction of God in action. It’s direction which goes against so much of the wisdom of our modern age.

THE MODERN SINFUL WORLD GODS INSTRUCTION

Be your own person. ” hearken unto me: I will teach you”
Do what you want to do. “Keep thy tongue from evil”
Live the free and easy life. “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and
Pursue it”

No responsibilities. How can anyone truly it is okay to ignore all responsibilities.
No commitments. Our responsibilities help us to grow, and love what is right.
Just put God on hold – or even ignore Him all together. (Tell me this isn’t right from the enemy).

Let’s face it. Life can be fun. David knows how easy it is to get carried away with life … but he also knows the dangers that come with it.
If that’s the good life, David says, you can have it. What will it get you in the end? Rejections of God’s ways now may seem to lead to good days, but I know whose shoes I want to be in when the time comes to stand before the judgement seat of God. We need to keep in mind sin is but a moment then reality. We are here for a short time and life is over in a blink of an eye we will stand before the Lord and all them worldly things we thought were wonderful prove themselves to be wicked and we should have done more for the things of eternity.

Experience might say, “Give God a miss because sometimes He misses you”. But the truth of the matter is that God calls the shots. We need to be thankful for that direction. And we need to acknowledge that direction if we are going to have spiritual success. He gives us a free will and sometimes we feel well he hasn’t struck me with lighting so he must be okay with me involved in the sin. AGAIN A LIE RIGHT FROM SATAN HIMSELF. (remember him talking with Eve in the garden, well he still trys that with us today).

Direction. It is a provision from God. A provision which we sometimes ignore which causes us to end up in a great big hole. So David tells us about another provision of God. It is in verses 17-18.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

God provides hope when we feel in despair
We have a Savior who knows that no-one is perfect. The Lord knows that we find it difficult to walk in His footsteps. So He provides a Savior.

If we know our moral life is not what it should be.
And if we think our life has no meaning.
And if you wonder what purpose you have on this life.
And if you know the time has come to seek true answers.
Then you can also know and be sure of the provision God gives to deal with these issues. The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

God provides true hope to those whose sin is so overwhelming their hearts are ready to break in two … and it comes by looking to Jesus.
Jesus Christ on whom we can rely.
Jesus Christ God’s Son who sees His straying sheep and has compassion.
Jesus Christ God’s Son and our Savior who, thought He was guilty of no sin became sin for us.
Jesus.
You can cry out to the Father, in brokenness, in sinfulness, in repentance, in agony and know – know 100% – that God will hear and He will respond. That’s a reason to be thankful isn’t it?
What else does God provide?

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
God provides peace even when it seems that the tables have been turned.
Sometimes we get confused about the ways of God.
Righteous people do have troubles.
They lose their jobs like other people.
They have monetary problems.
Families still have tensions.
Cars still break down.
People still suffer sickness.
Christians still endure much pain.

Christ’s children are the righteous, yet the righteous have many troubles. David gives his lesson on God’s provision. You may have trouble, but the Lord delivers you from them all.

The Lord tells us in his precious word that “we will have trials and tribulations”. He suffered too when he walked this earth.
How do we get through? It’s by focusing our eyes away from this life – and knowing that Jesus is preparing a place for each one of us.
A place of no anxiety. A place of no pain. No sin. No temptations. No cancer. No tears. No difficulties.
A place where you can glory in the radiance of the Lord Himself as you stand before His throne.
A place where you will be able to stand in the presence of God, and He will not turn from you because you are holy.

It may seem in this life that the tables are turned, that the righteous have trouble. But a day is coming when all this will be changed. This … this life … is not the destination. This life is the journey. There is more to come – a whole lot more for those who trust in God as their Lord and King.

This is a Thanksgiving Psalm Thanksgiving Psalm always talks about a difficult situation which has been fixed. Our experience might make us feel that God is letting us down. But experience (and our hearts) are not the ultimate teacher of truth.

God will provide by giving us direction.
God provides hope when we feel in despair
God provides peace even when it seems that the tables have been turned.
Come to the Lord for help.
Lord, help us not to trust in our own ability to provide.
Lord, help us not to rely on ourselves in anyway.
Lord, help us to give up our trust in creatures and put our trust in You alone.
Lord, help us not to focus on this life but our eternal home.
For we know that it is only your grace which enables us to get through every day.

BLESSED ASSURANCE
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Love and prayers
Cheryl

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