TEXTS: PSALM 62:5-11; ISAIAH 26:1-8
Beloved children of God, we can never avoid strife in the world around us, but with God we can know perfect peace even among turmoil. When we are wholly devoted to Him, our attitude is steady and stable and surrounded by God’s unchanging love and mighty power, we are not shaken by the surrounding crisis.
In the text for today, David was at a very disturbing and discouraging time in his life. His son, Absalom is seeking to forcefully ascend to his throne. At this point you would think that David would be bitter or questioning God. On the contrary and unexpectedly, David used this occasion to sing praises unto the Lord! He responded to the crisis he was in by waiting upon the Lord! Psalms 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth”. We are to wait patiently when the enemy attacks and when trouble comes in our life because He is our Provider as well as our Protector. He is our refuge and at the right time, He will stand up on the boat and speak “peace be still!” May be you lose a job, a close relative to death, a house or other much valued goods. Your closest friends might desert you. While waiting for a way out of this storm of life, wait patiently, walk prayerfully and worship passionately.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, you sometimes find yourself in the worst storms of your life and feel all alone! May be you lose a job, a close relative to death, a house or other much valued goods and your closest friends might abandon you. While waiting for a way out of this storm of life, wait patiently, walk prayerfully and worship passionately. Praising the Lord in a terrible crisis is not easy but it is possible. Verses 6-8 says God “only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved” and encourages us to “trust in him at all times” . We can rely on God because He is reliable. David advises us to earnestly call on God in times of trouble. Psalm 62: 8 says, “pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge”. Many people enter a storm with faith but as the rain continues, they lose that faith. You have got to remain faithful even when things get extremely difficult! 1 Corinthians 15:58 says “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”. The promises God keeps with us are intended to create confidence in His Word and faithfulness to Him. Those who abide in His Word and cultivate faithfulness find peace and constant assurance that God cannot forsake His Word nor His promises.
Brethren, if you steadfastly look to God, you can know an inner oneness which makes possible a confident out-look even in the darkest hours. If you fix your mind on the promises of God, the outcome of all events is peace which God, our rock and our salvation alone can give. Are you looking at your troubles or are you looking to God to handle them? I don’t know what the storm is in your life, but I do know that you have a shelter, a refuge, a place of safety in the LORD. He is our rock and our salvation.
PRAISE THE LORD!