O God, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; Oh, restore us again! You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; Heal its branches, for it is shaking. You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion. Psalm 60 NKJV
David prayed for deliverance. He comforted himself with God’s promises.
David and the armies of Israel were fighting in the north against one enemy. Another attacked in the south and defeated God’s people.
Israel was not overrun. The people were not taken into captivity. It may have felt like it at the time. Defeat at the hands of an enemy symbolized God’s judgment and wrath. There was nothing else in their theology to explain what happened.
Trials and hardship can pile up on each other. Does it mean God is judging us? Does it mean He is pouring out His wrath?
Some of us believe prosperity is a sign of God’s blessing. Shouldn’t life be fun and easy all the time? The simple answer is no!
David is the only person ever described as having a heart after God’s. The sword never left his side. His life was as defined by calamity and trials as much as it was blessing and prosperity.
David fought the good fight of faith as well as anyone. There were seasons when David was overwhelmed with fear and anger sorrow and grief. Sometimes he felt defeated.
Sometimes I feel like my life is defined as much by hardship and sorrow as it is blessing. I fight on in faith. Every now and then the burden drags me down. Sometimes I feel defeated.
Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. Vs 12
David wrote this after suffering humiliation and defeat. He wrote it after his sin and judgment. He wrote it after he lost a child and another waged war against him.
David searched the scriptures for the promises of God. He applied them to his circumstances. He took a stand of faith on the promises of God because the Lord is the Great Promise Keeper!
We can be people of great faith and courage. God promised to be our defender and protector. We will suffer humiliation and defeat. We will fail and sin. We will suffer the inevitable consequences. We do not have to be defeated by them!
Take your stand of faith on the promises of God. The Great Promise Keeper is always faithful!
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