Today we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 138. The psalmist (David) exhibits his understanding of the difference between praising and thanking God. We always have reason to praise God for Who He is even when we don’t fully understand what He is doing for us.
If you’re like me, one of the most difficult things for you to master is having the discipline to wait on God. When I think about it, God waited a very long time for me to be ready to actually submit to His sovereignty and put His will ahead of mine. Of course He knew all along that I would, and even when I would say yes to His management of me. However, we don’t have His omniscience which is why faith is such an important commodity for believers.
God is keenly aware of how hard it is for us to really trust Him, especially when things aren’t going our way. That’s why David says in Psalm 138:3, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.” Notice that David doesn’t say that God immediately gave him exactly what he asked for. What God did do however, was to He give David “boldness” (confidence) coupled with “strength” (perseverance) so that he could get through the difficulty in such a way that God was glorified and David was blessed with spiritual growth.
Please note that next Sunday, July 2, we continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 84. The psalmist reflects on the joy of living with the assurance of God’s presence. Such assurance gives us an incomparable peace of mind and sense of security. Here we see a foreshadowing of the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit for believers.
Remember to sign-up for the next class event on Sun., July 9 at 12:30p in Heritage Hall (downstairs across from Faith Hall). Please give $5 per person to Marie to help with the catering cost. The theme of our event is Worship. Some will share their favorite hymn by singing or reciting the lyrics. We’ll also be blessed with Michael W. Smith’s “A New Hallelujah” worship concert. We encourage you to invite friends and family as well.