|First posted on January 13, 2010 at 12:28 PM|
In the face of modern day terrorist attacks and warnings of the same, it is so easy to live our days and nights in fear of what might happen. Even we who have trusted in God for our eternal salvation can experience deep fear during troubling times, sometimes because we don’t think we deserve God’s help or protection. However, I believe there is a remedy which we can learn from listening to those who walk closely with God
Like David, the shepherd become King.
King David had to much say about God. One thing he knew for sure was that God takes his words seriously and wants us to take them seriously as well. David is such a good example for us in that regard. He had such a positive response to God’s word. We can see it in the Psalms.
David trusted God. That trust wasn’t a result of David’s holiness, or his ability to keep the covenant. David messed up quite seriously at times. When he did, however, he recalled what he knew of God’s mercy, and he repented.
One time when David had done something wrong, his heart wasn’t whole in it’s repentance and he knew it. He asked God to create in him a clean heart and renew a right spirit in him. Instead of cowering in fear, David trusted God’s loving kindness. His trust in God came from what he knew of God’s integrity, and it followed, therefore, that he believed what God said.
Here’s some of what David believed. No excuses. No caveats. No apologies.
“Oh how great is Your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you, which you have prepared for those who trust in you in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man. He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. The Lord brings the counsel of nations to nothing; he makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plan of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. He is our help and shield. The Lord looks from Heaven. He sees all the sons of men. The eyes of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears open to their cry.
The angels of the Lord encamp all around those who fear him, and delivers them. The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their strength in time of trouble and the Lord shall help them and deliver them; he shall deliver them from the wicked and save them, because they trust in Him.”
A hope and a truth for all ages.