10.15.2013

He will be the same tomorrow.

We continue to work through the Psalms on Sunday mornings as a church body, and a few weeks ago we studied Psalm 27.  The focus of the Psalm is faith - David trusting God to deliver him because he has seen God work in the past and believes He will work again in the future.

We paused there to look at the WHY.  Why was David able to have such confidence in the Lord? Why was he able to trust so easily - to have such peace while being tormented by his enemies?

Psalm 77 gives a descriptive testimony of how David came to have an unwavering confidence in the Lord.

cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, and He will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.

Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
    to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will ponder all Your work,
    and meditate on Your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
    You have made known Your might among the peoples.  
                                                 Psalm 77

David had confidence in God because he REMEMBERED who God was.

When we remember who our God is
what He has done
how He has proven faithful
answered prayer
provided for us
healed us
restored and forgiven us ...
we can stand secure knowing that He is still that God!

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
What He did before - He will do again.

Our
God
does
not
change.

My church journal entry for that day is filled with notes like this one ...

REMEMBER!!!

The entire sermon was fantastic. The truths about faith and trust were poignant reminders to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, rather than what is happening around us.

It was the part about ‘remembering’ that resonated so deeply with me.  I thought about it all day, and when Dennis and the kids left for a few hours later that evening, I sat down with paper and pen and literally walked through my entire life ... starting as early as I could remember ... writing down every good thing the Lord has done for me.  I filled pages.  

The funny thing is ... when you look for the good, you often have to take a peek at the bad.  We cannot recognize the blessings, especially the smallest ones, unless we remember what we were saved from ... how He spared us ... how He sustained us in the dark moments.  When the people of Scripture set up pillars and altars, they were not always remembering moments of pure rejoicing.  They were mixed with mourning a past ... the pain of sin ... the consequence of disobedience.  But then the Lord rescued, restored, and redeemed them, and they wanted to remember His goodness – forever.
It was a wonderful exercise.  A difficult exercise.  But in the end, after walking through childhood, the teen years, early marriage, children, and ministry – I can see the perfect outline of the Lord’s workings in my life with great clarity and detail.  Even seeing how the things He allowed and rescued me from as a child prepared me for where He has me right now.  And though I would not have willingly chosen some of the trials or the heartache, I can honestly and sincerely praise Him for ALL of it - because good or bad, painful or joyous, my God is my God - faithful, just, loving, compassionate, patient, long-suffering, and gracious.

I know who my God is - who He has always been - and I can trust Him with every unknown because

He will still be the same God tomorrow.

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