Psalm 51 is one of my favorite Psalms. I identify with King David who wrote this Psalm because of my personal sins. I need to be forgiven. I need to be made pure. I need to be honest with myself and with God. And I need His love and compassion. God forgave David. He forgives us to. We all need that.
God didn’t need the sacrifices of the Israelites. He doesn’t need the “sacrifices” we place in a church offering basket. He wants a relationship with us that leads to thankfulness and faithfulness to Him. He wants us to turn to Him for help and promises to give it. Then we can thank and praise God for rescuing us.
When people only live for wealth, power, pleasure or prestige, they have nothing when they die. They can’t take any of these things with them to the grave. But God promises to redeem His people from the dead, to give them a new beginning. For the child of God death is not the end but a new beginning.
People can become defensive, looking out for themselves. Teams can go into a prevent defense at the end of game, playing not to lose. There are times when Christians can get defensive about our faith. But do we really need to do that. We need to be able to talk about our faith and say what God has done for us. But we don’t need to defend God. God is our Defender. He has already won the victory over sin, death and the devil. The cross and the empty tomb are evidence of that.
God is Awesome. He is worthy of our worship and praise. He rules over the earth. He has already won the victory over sin, death and the devil. God is Awesome.
October 31 will be the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg Germany calling the church to a debate and launching the Protestant Reformation. Luther based the hymn “A Mighty Fortress” on Psalm 46. You may want to read that Psalm today, especially if you are going through tough times. God is our refuge and strength. God is with us. He is our fortress
Who do you trust? What do you trust? Where do you put your trust? I think most of us only know a few people we can trust, and even they can let us down. It’s hard to trust businesses, institutions or the government when they are looking out for their own interest. People can let us down. Institution can fail us. But we can trust Jesus Christ because He is always with us and for us. His love will never fail us.
Christians all have a story to tell. It is the story of what God has done for His people. For us it is the Story of Jesus’s victory over sin and death to win forgiveness and life for all who believe and put their trust in Him. The Story has to be told. We need to tell it. Have you told anyone the Story lately?
When things aren’t going well in our lives it is easy to get discouraged. That’s the time to turn to the Lord. Let the light of His Truth be a guiding light. Turn to the Lord in worship. He lifts us up when we trust and praise Him.
When things go wrong in our lives, when God feels distant or we feel cut off from God, we can be filled with despair. But God doesn’t leave us. God is with us and ready to help us. Our hope is not in what we can do. Our Hope is in the Lord. We need God in our lives.