The power of two tiny words- (Why I love Psalm 13)
I have listened to many pastors and preachers preach and teach on the powerful nature of two simple words in the Bible. Those two words being "But God ... ". Then, they quite eloquently tell us of the great faith building power in those two words. This idea is all very true and quite compelling and powerful. But US, being reborn as Sons of God , born gloriously in HIS image, also have two other divine, wonder working powerfully faith building words spelled out for us in the Bible. Those two words being , "But I".Their transformative power beautifully illustrated in Psalm 13.
We all have fears. We all have fears we don't even know that we have. We all have fears deep in the deepest of our hearts that we know God can't even heal. We all have Sins that we despise. Some sins that we don't even know we have. Some sins that we sense, deep in the deepest of our hearts that God can never forgive. We all even have sins that we know God's Word says are sins, but we have a hard time believing it. We all have things about our personalities that we hate. Some faults that we don't even know we have. Some of them that we know in the deepest of our hearts that God can never change. These fears, sins and faults, for any one of us, are no different than everyone else's fears sins and faults anywhere on this planet . The only real difference, for any Son of God, being what I think is shown to us so wisely in Psalm 13. When David, right after lamenting how God seems to hide His face from him and how he wrestles with his own thoughts of his fears, sins and his faults , and asks the Lord "How long will my enemy triumph over me?" He then turns to the power, and goes on to say those heart turning, contrite, submitting, non prideful, two power filled and wise words : " but I"... : Psalm 13.5-6.NIV ...But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord praise, for he has been good to me. Its very interesting I think , and no accident, that the very next verse, Psalm 14:1, says: " The fool says in his heart, there is no God". Almost in a quite stark illustration of the juxtaposition of the two simple choices that we can decide to make in our lives. God's LIVING Word Is so AMAZING!
It's when we have this daily decision to have faith in the power of the Lord, despite our own numerous imperfections. When we decide, that Because, "God has been good to me", then, we can decide that It is the daily reliance on HIM that God so desperately desires from us. It is in THIS that we find one day suddenly, that we no longer have some of those fears. We discover one day that we don't have some of those sins. We find one day that we don't have some of those personality faults. We find one day that we can suddenly see those hidden fears. We can actually see those hidden faults. We can actually see those hidden sins. And then, praise God, one day... we also find that those sins that we knew God couldn't forgive, those fears we knew God couldn't heal, those personality traits that we knew God couldn't fix... suddenly we know deep in our deepest of hearts that God CAN, and God WILL someday do ALL of those things in our lives. This is the path to righteousness that we inherit as the "Sons of God" . It IS "The Kingdom of God" that starts right here, and right now on Earth.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7 NIV