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TAKE COURAGE

When my kids have trouble sleeping, we play them scripture songs. Their favorite is actually Psalm 56:3-4.  Even now, as I close my eyes I can hear my 2 year old son, Jadon, singing it with his tiny voice breaking almost into a gentle whisper, "When I am afraid I will trust in You, trust in you, trust in you, trust in you/ when I am afraid I will trust in You/ In God whose word I praise..." And on some nights when he’s extra scared, invariably he says to me, “Play that one again, Daddy”. When he asks me this I think: intuitively he’s saying  “Please remind me that I don’t have to be afraid, God is with me—play it again Daddy”.  What a lesson I have learned from my little son—and from David!

 

 In Psalm 56, David opens by recounting for God the details of his situation—which is dire. Yet, in verses 3-4 he says,

 

   When I am afraid,

I put my trust in you.

   In God, whose word I praise,

in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can flesh do to me?

 

He continues on in vs. 5-9 recounting again the details of his situation, this time both with men (vs. 5-7) and with God himself (vs. 8-9). As he recounts God’s promises and dealings with him, the God who “puts my tears in your bottle” and “[has] kept count of my tossing,” David repeats almost the same “reminder” song of vs. 3-4. 

 

Psalm 56:9–11 (ESV)

9 b

This I know, that God is for me.

10    In God, whose word I praise,

in the Lord, whose word I praise,

11    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

 

What’s the lesson for us?  In prayer we should be constantly recounting and reminding.  We should be honest with God recounting for Him our struggles and yet, in that honesty, we should also, like David, be reminding ourselves over and over and over again that God’s word is trustworthy and that He is for us.  So this week take courage and remind yourself whenever you feel the darkness encroaching “This I know, that God is for me.”

 

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WHERE DO YOU TRAIN YOUR EYE?!

I planted a couple cacti in my landscape a few years ago.  I suppose I did not realize how quickly a cactus grows or how perfect the climate seems to be here in Texas for these plants!  Now I have one cactus that 'looks me in the eye' and another that has spread out to be the size of my car! 

Thorns from these cacti are painful, often hidden in my hand and difficult to remove.  Paul states that he received a thorn from the Lord because of the revelations he had received and in order to keep him humble. Too much ink has been spilt trying to discern the exact 'thorn' Paul was given. We know it was 'a messenger of Satan,' it was 'in the flesh,' it 'tormented' Paul, and Paul prayed to be rid of it.  I believe we too often focus on the 'thorn' in order to avoid focusing on Paul's application. 

Paul says he is 'well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.'  Christ wants to demonstrate Himself strong in us and through us as we face these trials and difficulties. Quit focusing on the thorn and begin training your eye on His grace that gives purpose to the thorn!

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