Leading Like A Lion
I will thank thee forever because thou hast done it.” (Psalm 52:9).
The historical basis for this Psalm deals with Saul’s enraged pursuit of David. Young David was forced to flee for his life . Without asking for it, David was gaining popularity with the masses of the people. Saul could feel his throne tottering under him and become insanely jealous. Their acts of treachery and murder were heinous and uninhibited. Many lives were lost and David was deeply pained.
Read the whole story in 1 Samuel, chapters 20-22. The Psalm, therefore denounces the wicked who love evil more than good and declares the sure and ultimate blessedness of those who make God their refuge. The wicked boast of their clever devices and powerful treachery, but the righteous will, literally, have the ‘last laugh’ (vs. 6). The wicked will be uprooted from the land of the living. The godly will be like an olive tree, fruitful and abundant, because they trust in the steadfast love of God (vs. 8).
The Psalm gives thanks to God who has done and who will do great things.
We are not fleeing from an angry, jealous king, but we have enemies that are intent upon getting us and getting us down. Especially when we sin or mess up. There are forces that keep assaulting us from a world that is at enmity with God; thoughts and desires that have not been crucified with Christ as we live in a permissive atmosphere with disregard for moral standards; financial problems, family failings and worries, failing health, job insecurity.
There are enemies, but we have God.
He cares, He sends miracles, He is the God of the impossible and He will never forsake His own.
Let our prayer rise on a tide of thankfulness to Almighty God for all that He has done.
Concentrate on Him who through His great love redeemed us, freed us from yesterday’s mistakes, strengthened us for today’s needs, and gave us hope of glory in the eternal life. “I will thank thee forever because thou hast done it.” I will never stop praising or thanking my JESUS for all that HE has done for me. IN life, good or bad, failure or success, or in death…I will forever thank HIM and praise HIS name.
21They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
For some Christians, it is very hard to share the gospel with others who don’t know Jesus. They may be timid or shy or just not know exactly what to say. However, you don’t have to be an evangelist like Paul to share the gospel with others. All you have to do is bring the subject up and the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say.
This is a season of waiting and hoping. Hoping Christians remember the longing for God’s Salvation through the anointed King. We also get in touch with our own longing for Christs’ return.
This verse captures well the Spirit of the Lord. “I will wait for the Lord, my whole being waits ,And His word I put my hope”.
God will return and establish HIs Kingdom and wipe away all tears. This season let’s fill our lives with the Hope, Peace, and above all Love. For just as Christ loved us, so shall we love others.