Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Psalm 56:9 “…This I know, that God is for me.”
My thoughts this morning are captivated by a profound truth – God is for me!
I don’t have a story to tell to stimulate your interest. I just want to dive in and declare to you a marvelous truth – God is for you!
We would be demonstrating serious spiritual lifelessness if we did not come to that conclusion after reading the fifty-sixth Psalm. Not because it is stated bluntly in verse 9, but because of the compassionate and caring tone of the whole Psalm.
Before I share with you what struck me powerfully this morning, take a moment to meditate on these marvelous words:
- When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (verse 3)
- In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. (verse 4, and similarly in verses 10-11)
- For you have delivered my soul from death, yes my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. (verse 13)
Now, let me share with you the powerful point that the Holy Spirit made to me this morning.
It is not hard for us to remember the people and things that have hurt us so deeply that they caused us to cry. Nighttime reveals the intensity of our stress over the hardships of life as we sleeplessly toss and turn. Our emotions are raw, and every salty tear we shed drips into the open wound and increases the sting. Is there no solution? Does God not care?
The answer is found in verse 8:
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.
I must confess that I am having a very difficult time figuring out how to express to you the personal impact this verse is having on me right now. The Eternal God, Creator of all things and Sovereign Ruler of all events and circumstances, is personally and intimately invested in my life.
He is so invested that He is keeping a detailed record of everything that causes me stress and pain. He records every one of my tossings. He knows every fearful thought that results from the hardships of life. He is there when I can’t sleep. He is there when I can’t shut off my mind as I try to solve the issues of life. He is intimately collecting every tear I shed and keeping them in a personalized bottle on His lap. Not one single tear has ever been wasted. God knows the reason for every tear. He knows the emotional and physical result in my heart of every tear. He has in His mind the perfect timing for the removal of that which has caused them to fall from my eyes. He has kept a record of every detail of every event, and has not missed even the smallest one.
God is for me!
Therefore, I can put my trust in God and not be afraid. I can walk before the Lord every moment of every day in the light of life, knowing that He is faithful to work out all things for good because I love Him. (Romans 8:28)
God is for me!
God is for YOU!
Trust Him, and be not afraid.