Just saying 'Thanks' is not enough!
April 18, 2020: SOAP #3789: 1Samuel 20-21; Psalm 34; Matthew 5
Scripture: Psalm (NIV) 34:17 The righteous cry out, andthe LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed inspirit.
19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from themall; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems his servants; no-one will be condemned who takes refuge inhim.
Observation: Inthis psalm, the anointing of the Holy Spirit lifts the psalmist in praise. The LORD is extoled and exalted for His manywonderful expressions of kindness to people. He hears and answers them. Hecomforts them. He protects them. He defeats the enemies of the righteous.
But the highest praise is saved for the last verse. 'The LORD redeems his servants; no one willbe condemned who takes refuge in him.' Surelythe psalmist had no idea of what it would take for the LORD to fulfill thatpromise.
Application: And althoughI have received the LORD as my Savior, I still do not fully appreciate thedepth of God's love for me nor the greatness of His suffering in payment for mysins. I have been redeemed by theshedding of sinless blood on a cruel cross. He took my sins as though they wereHis own! He not only removed my sins; Hetook away the guilt and condemnation that accompanied those sins. He makes mejust as if I had never sinned!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, 'were the whole ream ofnature mine, that were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine,demands my soul, my life, my all!' (Isaac Watts) LORD, I am yours. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!