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Aug 21, 2006

A Song in Praise

David, a man who went through so many troubles, so many hardships, family problems, enemy problems, sin, sons fighting among themselves, sons misbehaving with their sisters, people who were not faithful to him for the care he showed to them when they were in trouble...well and so many more. This kind of a man, writes a song to the Living God

He said: "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent men you save me.
4 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
5 "The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
6 The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
7 In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
8 "The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens [c] shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared [d] on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark [e] rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot arrows and scattered the enemies , bolts of lightning and routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.
17 "He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
21 "The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God.
23 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
24 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
25 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness [f] in his sight.
26 "To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
28 You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop [g] ;with my God I can scale a wall.
31 "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the LORD ? And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength [h] and makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great.
37 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
38 "I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.
44 "You have delivered me from the attacks of my people; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know are subject to me,
45 and foreigners come cringing to me; as soon as they hear me, they obey me.
46 They all lose heart; they come trembling [i] from their strongholds.
47 "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,
49 who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing praises to your name.
51 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever."
This poem that David wrote is so uplifting. There are times when you feel there is no help, the situation seems overwhelming. It may not be a problem caused by the outside forces, it may be something my own inability or failure might have stirred up, but God remains faithful. That does not mean we take advantage of God's goodness, but it means to give ourselves to Him totally that He may set everything right.
A young boy was building a kite, he did not know how it works but he just wanted to make one. He had all the items needed, his dad asked him if he needed help, he said "No". The boy did make something, though it was not a kite and it was all messed up. His dad waited and watched by his side as the boy continued to try to fix it. Finally he could not. He turned to his dad and asked his dad if he could help. Of course by this time, the material was over, the kite was torn, the wires and stuff all entangled. Dad patiently yet, helped the boy and untagled everything one by one, patched up the work, got some new material and made the kite a kite. It wouldn't have had that many patches if the boy had asked his dad for help in the first place isn't. I am sometimes like that boy, trying to do things on my own, thinking that I could make it work better, but the One Daddy who watches from heaven is the one who really has a clear idea of what I am at and how it'll work out.
Let's learn to trust our Living Heavenly Father with "every " issue of our life, "every endeavour" we may ever take up and let Him make things work together for our good. He knows, even when we didn't. No matter how trivial the thing may seem, lets give it to our daddy to guide us and help us do it right, the first time. That saves a lot of potential patches the end result would have.
God Bless

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