Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TRUST in the Lord!

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I!” (Psalm 61:2)

As we wrap up our legacy series this week, what better legacy or heritage to leave behind than that of a life style of trusting in the Lord! As David wrote this Psalm he was in desperate straights on the run, out in the wilderness, famished, scared, worried, confused, on the verge of a mental breakdown! Absolum had multiple plans in place to murder David and take over his kingship. David’s own son whom he loved dearly! He loved all of his sons, but had just gotten Absolum back in his life from being exiled over murdering his brother Annon.  He had been gone for over 3 years.

The scenario David found himself in was totally overwhelming! Here the entire army of Israel, as far away as Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south, an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore was after him. Absolum’s goal: neither David or any of his men should be left alive - Absolum himself leading the charge! BUT, David knew the Lord’s character, and that lead him to trust in God! David knew in his heart that God knew every detail of everything that he was going through and going on around him. David knows where to go and what to do. “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I!” As David prayed, God intervened immediately answering his prayer: And Hashai said unto Absolum, “The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.” (2 Sam. 17:7)

Absolum had two main advisors for his plan to kill and overtake his father’s kingship, Ahithophel, whose plan would have succeeded and Hashai who was advising Absolum undercover per David’s instruction. When the advice of Ahithophel and Hashai was given, the instant David prayed, God changed Absolum’s mind from moving forward with Ahithophel’s plan and acting on Hashai’s. The result of this was Absolum’s death and defeat and David’s return and establishment of his kingship. “And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah even the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the King, return those, and all thy servants.” (2 Sam. 19:14)

For the godly, every adversity in life is an occasion for growth in trust in God. They are not afraid of life but grow more and more confident in Him. Trust in the Lord is a form of wisdom that focuses on the Lord, the rejection of folly and evil, and the pursuit of the Lord’s way. The Lord rescues, cares for, and rewards His people who trust in Him! They are blessed as they long for God’s redemption. Trust in the Lord gives reason to rejoice and praise the Lord! “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory!” Psalm 64:10