by paul hoffmaster
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One of the joys of reading the Scripture is seeing the extremes of Biblical personalities. We have on one hand the spiritual and physical highlights of individuals who have journeyed on the directive road of God’s will. As quickly as we settle into adoration of that individual, we are exposed to the flaws of their character. David was a man after God’s own heart, yet his indiscretion with Bathsheba causes us to question the standing and security of his commitment. In fact, as one travels the road of Biblical study, we will find again and again the mistakes of Biblical characters. Why has God allowed us to see two sides of His chosen people? Why would one chapter show their shinning character and shortly after, their miscues?
In Philippians 1:6, we are brought into the reality that we are believers under construction. God is not finished with us and He will continue to shape and develop us until the coming of the Lord. In Jeremiah 18, we see God wanting to mold the Children of Israel into the people of His desire. The only time we will stand flawless before God, is when we are presented to Him through Jesus Christ. The next time we acknowledge our short comings, we must realize we are in good company with the Biblical Saints. God never gave up on them; rather, He used their flaws to teach them (and us.) He can take our scars and turn them into stars. He can take our frowns and turn them into crowns. He can take our pouts and turn them into shouts.
David realized how many times God had delivered him from his trials and errors. In Psalm 34, David lays out for us a plan of gratitude. He starts out by saying that he will “bless the Lord” not just sparingly, but “at all times.” (Bless is an act of adoration and is personal.) He then states that God’s praise would “continually” come out of his mouth. (Praise is an act of worship and is corporate.) (v.1) When God delivers us from our mistakes through the blood of Jesus, we are to acknowledge Him by acts of adoration and worship. This is not only to be done privately, but publicly. David states that he would boast of what God had done in his life so that the “humble” (depressed in mind and circumstances) would hear and rejoice with him. (v.2) That is why it is important to tell people what the Lord has done in your life. This will show them the delivering power of God. David then tells the hurting to rejoice in the Lord with him. (v.3) When people get their eyes off their problems and failures and put them upon the Answer, life will take on a different meaning. David continues to teach us the importance of looking to the author and finisher of our faith by stating that God heard him calling and delivered him from all his “fears.” (v.6) When you take the first letter away from fears, you have ears. Many times fear comes from hearing the carnal words of the world and believing the lies of the devil. Your ears are the flood gates to your mind. Don’t let anything enter that is not glorifying to God. (TV, music, etc.)
If people doubted David’s methodology of blessing and praising God, he challenged them to “taste and see” for themselves that God was good. (v. 8) The next time God delivers you through the obstacles of life, express your gratitude. As you trust Him, evidenced through your forms of expression, you will experience blessings you have only imagined.
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