Have you ever read something and gotten a complete misunderstanding of the original meaning? I know I have.
As it happens, keeping a matter in context is beneficial to get a fuller measure of the message conveyed. We can do this by reading it in its fullness, followed by examining it portion by part and following up by again reading it in full.
This is a longish post, while not being extravagant with script. The words are few in commentary but compact with meaning (I hope).
King David’s poem-song number twenty-seven. (Psalm 27)
Song twenty-seven, so deep a love from heaven.
David’s love is ardent, so severe.
He knows he has it solid and near,
till he wakes to doubts with umbra fear.
Love so true is meant for one so dear.
Yet, being so flawed he often thought
he could easily drop and with smear.
But in the end he remembered how it did begin,
Trust in the Lord would again come in full gear.
“Wait for the Lord
Be strong and take
And trust the Lord.”
My Light, my Savior
You the strength of my life
What can separate us?
Evil breached my redoubt
To consume my soul no doubt.
Confused, turning on their own
Mistaking me a thing to flout.
David began learning of the Lord’s protective faithfulness as a young shepherd boy.
First, he learned to protect his sheep by slaying bears and lions armed only with a small sling and stones.
Then, he took down a giant in his first battle using the same small armament.
He became a mighty warrior under a mighty king.
Then, that mighty king turned on David, chasing him into the wilderness with the army David once led.
He spent most of his life leading armies, fleeing armies, and fighting for his life.
From beginning to end he learned, time after time, more about trusting God, his Savior.
Can I say the same? I hope so. Can you? I hope so.
One who has been touched deeply by the Love of the Lord, personally,
one who has experienced the Lord’s searching eyes pierce the soul and spirit with His loving gaze,
only then can one know there is no other love to compare.
To whom the Lord loves, He also makes Himself known.
Whom the Lord loves also knows the Lord’s faithfulness
is more secure than a fortress.
Who were David’s enemies? Those who were evil influenced.
Who are our enemies? Not flesh and blood, but the same evil one.
Any giants in your life? Run for the Lord’s sacred tent in the desert.
There is no safer oasis than prayer in the land of the living.
Did God hear David when he prayed? Yes. God called David a man after God’s own heart!
Did David take anything for granted about God? Never!
David knew what we know about ourselves.
If it were not for God’s grace and mercy,
We would be as evil-capable as any of the worst among us.
Yes, but God!
There is much effort, time, experiences, investigation, discernment, attention to detail, commitment, LOVE, determination, and Spirit-driven doggedness involved in seeking God’s face.
However, if it’s His face you want to see in eternity,
you will be more than well compensated for all your effort in seeking His face beginning today, if you have not yet begun.
This verse is someplace in my daily prayers every day.
I can’t think of anything more scary to me, than to take God’s goodness so much for granted that I come to a point of needing to beseech Him with this prayer.
And yet, it has happened. More than once, I’m ashamed to say.
I come from a close-knit family.
Mother, father, and five siblings. A loving family,
I could never imagine being forsaken by mother or father, sisters or brothers.
I have one child, a son. He and I have always had a close father/son relationship.
Now that he is middle-aged we relate more like brothers.
In all those relationships, I have none as close as my relationship with the Savior,
the Lord, Christ Jesus.
Conversely, I have known and worked with men, and women,
who have experienced from early life being rejected by both mother and father.
Their brokenness due to such rejection followed them throughout their lives.
But thankfully, I saw many of those made whole
through complete healing in Christ Jesus,
the Fixer of all of us who are broken in some way.
The crooked, the con artist, the wicked, the evil deceivers, liars and cheaters.
All such types will try to sell us on how great their lifestyle is, and come join them.
But historically, without a change of direction, their lives end in complete destruction, both body and soul.
By contrast, the Lord’s way always proves an abundant life
of spiritual peace, fellowship with Him, needs being met by Him.
And His way the proven best way through a life that at times feels like we are
tip-toeing through a minefield.
When we seek His face, He gives to us Himself plus all He has and makes available to us.
When am I my own foe?
When I want something God won’t give me because it would mean my destruction.
The false witness that rises against me is often my own deceitful heart.
God says when you seek Him first your heart will follow.
A beating heart that seeks God beats faster with His approach.
To remain confident in the Lord means believing Him when He says:
“You will seek Me and you will find Me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
He means NOW. Right now. In the land of the living.
He longs to give from His goodness the way a good father
longs to give his child a most exquisite gift everyday of the week and twice on their birthday.
Wait for the Lord – to most of us that’s a hard sell.
We tend to be more impatient than a bride on her wedding day.
“Wait” means trust. Trust means love. It also improves with experience.
Think back to all the times the Lord proved His faithfulness
while you were still fretting about the ticking clock.
Waiting takes a strong heart.
It may even mean nailing your shoes to the floor
to stay yourself from running ahead of, or away from God.
Just ask King Saul.
He absolutely lost his head.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7