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In the dark? Look for The Son

         Do you love Jesus? Do you love Him today? Do you love Him in the rain? Do you love Him when there’s pain? Do you love Him in the sun? Do you love Him when you run? It is so easy to say, “I am a Christian.” It is even easier to say that and live “on-fire” for God and the Kingdom for the honeymoon period. Many times new Christians and even the older, mature in Christ Christians forget the simplistic basics of their affection to Christ. Sometimes we say, “I am a Christian,” and our mind convinces us that because we are Christian, our lives are covered by roses and the air of success and life is always going to be sweet.  When reality sets in and our life expectation goes askew, we tend not to say, “I’m a Christian and I love Jesus,” to “Why me! God--------.” People do this. Maybe you have. I have been guilty of it. David wrote what we know as Psalm 57 more than likely in a cave while hiding from those who would kill him. The importance of this Psalm is its simple truth that David did as we should; he praised God during the hardships.

Psalm 57:1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

        How do you talk to God? Do you? David started out asking the Lord to show and give mercy. Many times David with anger asked the Lord to smite those against him, but here, David is humbled and distressed. He asks God to have mercy on him. David had no clue of the true mercy God gave through his family crest. God gave Jesus to the world. That is ironic that David here asks for mercy having no idea that the the greatest mercy ever known would be given freely to all who accept. David as many of you know was a man after God’s on heart. This is despite his many sins against others and the Lord. Here David admits that his soul takes refuge in God.

            That is a problem for so many people. So many think they are either so above God or too far from him. God was there for David while he was being pursued. He was there waiting for him in his time of sorrow.  David said at the end of verse one, . I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. You see David here in verse one has decided to take refuge in God until the disaster has passed. How many people start out saying, “I’m a Christian,” but stray when things don’t go their way? David did not. Service to God and building a relationship with him is a lifelong event. We need to be a people that love God and show it by obedience to him regardless of what is going on in our life.

Psalm 57:2-3

I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me.  He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me;  God sends his love and his faithfulness.

        God fulfills his purpose for us. As cliché as it is for us to say it, it still is true. God has a plan for us. How can I assuredly say this? I’m not saying it as much as I’m repeating it. God said it first as recorded in Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This statement along with Psalm 57 is one example of how the Bible is not a book of good ideas, but rather God’s Word that is without error including contradictions. People love to argue that the Bible is full of contradictions, but it just isn’t so.

David continues in verses 2-3, He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me. Bad things happen. People, Christians and non-Christians alike, are murdered on the street for petty cash, drunk drivers steal away precious memories and lives, missionaries are butchered for speaking the name of Christ. These are things that we know happen every few seconds. Someone somewhere is being abused and is taking their last breath. So how can David say what he did? He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me. I will never claim to know all the answers nor will I insult you or the Lord by attempting to make one up. I will offer my opinion. FAITH. David the young shepherd defended his flock against ravenous beasts. He killed a lion as a boy. He knew as a child that he alone killed nothing. He knew that God Almighty had held him during that trial. When facing Goliath, David prayed to God and found victory. God hears his children. The Bible teaches that God inclines his ear to us when we call. Pray is not to be taken lightly, I personally do not bother God with my petty requests, but the more we pray to God, the better we will hear and understand the responses. David knew that his God, my God, your God, if you accept Jesus Christ as lord would and will always take care of his children.   

PSALM 57-4-6

4 I am in the midst of lions;
       I lie among ravenous beasts—
       men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
       whose tongues are sharp swords.

 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
       let your glory be over all the earth.

 6 They spread a net for my feet—
       I was bowed down in distress.
       They dug a pit in my path—
       but they have fallen into it themselves.

            Verse four and six are similar in that David is talking about distress and those who are out to get him. What is different about verse five? In the middle of all this conflict, David stops and praises God. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Many people will say that is easier said than done. No it is not if we are truly a people that love Jesus Christ, God Almighty as much as we want other people to think we do!

            Verse four deals with trash talking. People run their mouths talking trash. I am guilty of this. My wife says so. People will be negative and talk rude and be critical all the time. We must control the impulse to strike back after we have been verbally bashed. Christians, let us try this. Jesus Christ during His trial did not say a lot. He was beaten and the guards mockingly asked who hit you? Jesus as many know stated as He was being crucified something about forgiving people who do not know. Ultimately, we are only responsible for our own actions. We cannot control the idiotic actions of others, so we need to focus on how our actions can exalt and exemplify Christ’s love. The remaining part of 57 is a dedication on how we should exalt, praise, and worship the Lord. It doesn’t matter if you hate to sing, you don’t have to be a musician to praise the God of all things. God knows our heart’s desires.

My heart is steadfast, O God,
       my heart is steadfast;
       I will sing and make music.

 8 Awake, my soul!
       Awake, harp and lyre!
       I will awaken the dawn.

 9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
       I will sing of you among the peoples.

 10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
       your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
       let your glory be over all the earth.