"When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path because of my enemies.”
This week we continue our mini series from Psalm 27, as we learn some more valuable lessons from the life of King David.
“The Lord will take care of me.” David knew what it was to be betrayed by those near and dear to him. When his own son (Absalom) tried to oust him from the throne, he had to run for his life, and found himself in the middle of a battle against his own flesh and blood. He also spent many years as a fugitive, hiding from King Saul who hounded him and tried to take his life. David encountered conflicts like this through the years, so he learned not to trust in the arm of flesh, but on the unchangeable and eternal Lord who would never let him down. He knew that even if his own parents were to forsake him, His Lord never would. We serve the same eternal and everlasting Father who loves His kids like no parent can. He is the Dad who has our names engraved upon the palm of His hands! (Isaiah 49:16). Our faces are always upon His heart, and He never forgets us, whatever the time of day. He is always awake (Psalm 121:4) and alert to our voice, always answers us when we call (Jeremiah 33:3), and has promised that nothing can ever separate us from His extreme love! (Romans 8:39). Many of us may only turn to prayer as the last resort, and struggle through life’s difficulties when we have a Father who is mighty and huge. We may seek the advice and support of multiple people or institutions before we remember that we could call to the Lord and seek (and receive) His help. Today Daddy wants you to know that He is with you in whatever you are going through. He longs for you to turn to Him when you need help and strength. He longs to be the one to step in to defend, protect and comfort you. He longs to wrap His arms around you and draw you close. While He has placed people in our lives who are a blessing and encouragement to us, let us look to Him as our source of life and power, and walk in the fullness of His heavenly light. He is our El Shaddai, the all sufficient All in All, and His love overflows through the precious sacrifice of Jesus. His grace is more than enough. Whatever your need is today, like David you can confess: “The Lord will take care of me”, hallelujah!
“Teach me Your way.” David was a skilled warrior, but he realized that there was no way he could overcome all his enemies unless He allowed the Lord to teach him how to. He had a humble heart before God, and a teachable spirit. Pride gets in the way of learning from others or from God, and it is something that displeases our Lord. David constantly sought to learn from the Lord and to be shaped and molded by the Holy Spirit. In Psalm 25:4 & 5 (as in other psalms), he said “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths, lead me in Your truth and teach me.” He always kept His heart open to learn from God, even when he fell, and asked God to cleanse and change him. In Psalm 51:17 he said “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these O God, You will not despise.” God loves humility and He seeks a teachable spirit in us all. Moses, (the only man in the Old Testament who saw the physical glory of God) was described in Numbers 12:3 as follows: “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” God saw the teachable spirit in Moses, who came into His calling in the latter years of his life but still learnt whatever the Lord set out to teach him. When the Lord first appeared to him and called him into leadership over Israel, He said to Moses (Exodus 4:12) “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say”, and Moses received divine instruction, however painful it was to him at times. Today the Lord Jesus reminds us of His words in Matthew 12:29 “Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is the ultimate example of humility, and we can learn from Him! He calls us today to open our hearts to conviction and the heart transforming hand of the Holy Spirit as we receive the instruction of His Word daily and live to obey. His yoke is light and He teaches us in love. It is as we learn from His heart that we can grow and walk into the abundance of the life He has promised. Many of us have confessed Jesus as Lord, but we may be holding on to our ideas and beliefs, and may try to mold the Word to suit our lives. Friend, if the Holy Spirit has been speaking to you through the Word about anything you need to adjust in your life, open your heart to learn from Him today, and take steps to obey. You will reap powerful fruit of righteousness, and God will take you to higher ground. Remember that whatever seems difficult to do is possible with the power of the Holy Spirit. We have a Helper! Jesus told His disciples (John 14:26) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” There is victory over every challenge for us in the power of the Spirit, if we are willing to humble ourselves and learn what God wants us to learn. Hallelujah! “Lord, give me a teachable spirit. I yield to the hand of the Holy Spirit. I want to be everything you want me to be!”
Precious friend, if you have been going through the disappointment and heartache of betrayal, or you are still carrying the wounds of such a situation from the past, the Holy Spirit is speaking to you today. He wants to teach you forgiveness. He wants to fill you with His peace and His joy which comes from forgiving and letting go. He is saying to you “Learn from Me and I will set you free”! Children, parents, a friend or a spouse, or someone else you loved and trusted may have let you down and left you with broken promises and a broken heart, but the Lord says to you today “Even if your mother and father forsake you, I never will. I will always be with you. I will always take care of you. Allow me to hold you in my hands. Let me comfort you and fill you with my strength. I will never leave you. I love you”! Hallelujah!
Let us purpose to live like David did, with no reliance on the arm of flesh. He trusted in the Lord and learnt how to be a victorious warrior. He learned from the Lord and rose to the highest place in the land. Let us become like him and adopt an attitude of true humility and a teachable spirit. God is with you and is on your side. There is nothing you will face today that He cannot overcome for you. Jesus died for you. He loves you and is with you through the power of His Spirit. Be filled, be blessed, be encouraged today, in Jesus mighty name, Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 17 September 2012
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