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Friday 6th Nov Honest and Open

For those who didn’t hear Worship @ 1.00 on Thursday, I just wanted to repeat a few thoughts. Having fled Jerusalem, due to the rebellion of his son Absolom, King David wrote a most poignant song. We know it as Psalm 3. David writes:

O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God. Slap all my enemies in the face!  Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O Lord May you bless your people.  

There are of course many things we can draw from these words. However, I want to draw our attention to just three things. Firstly, David was honest about his situation. He didn’t gloss things over, nor simply smile at the person asking, ‘are you OK?’ Rather, David was honest. Brutally honest. At this time, I do encourage you to develop relationships with others and cultivate lines of communication with God through which you can speak openly and honestly.

Secondly, David’s heart remained filed with hope. Despite the crisis that was unfolding, David rejoices that God is his shield, his glory, holds his head high, answers his prayers and watches over him. What a great encouragement to us. During this second lock-down, I encourage you not to simply dwell on the latest news, but to be inspired by the unchanging truth of scripture.

Lastly, David was righteous in his prayer. Now at first glance, we may not see much to celebrate in David’s call for God to ‘slap his enemies’ and ‘shatter their teeth’. However, as we dig deeper in these ‘imprecatory psalms’ we realise that David understood that vengeance and justice belonged to God and victory was his and his alone.

I trust that you and I remain encouraged in the goodness of God. I trust that you will rest assured in his victory.

Yours and His, Gareth

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