Weekly Reminder...The Weekly Reminder is an informative tool to help people who read it consider what the man of God has said. This weekend’s articles are based on what was heard on January 23 & 24, 2010 in the Westbury assembly.
written by Br. Samuel Damus
There are times when things are in despair and not going our way that we begin to question the Lord. “Why is this happening to me?” or “Why Lord, have You permitted this?” The Lord never promised us that we would not see any problems or that our trials will be light. He did promise that He will be there for us in time of trouble but there is a condition; that condition is that we “abide in Him and His words abide in us” (John 15:7). Often time we look to God for His mercy in delivering us from our problems because we know that we have not met those conditions that He ask from His children. David understood this all too well and always set himself to keep God’s words for “the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble (Psalm 37:39).
The Psalm is full of David’s experience with the Lord. David, a man who was chosen to be King of Israel after God’s own heart and did everything that was right in the eyes of the Lord, except for one instance, (1Samuel 13:14, 1 King 15:5) was not without problems. David said, “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me” (Psalm 18:4, 5). In Psalm 41, he was asking God to heal him from his sick bed (verse 8-10). Many of times David mentions that his enemies who were out to take his life were stronger than he was (Psalm 18:17). As overcoming these problems seemed hopeless, David could always trust in the Lord to deliver him. “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears” (verse 6). The Lord heard David because he “kept the ways of the LORD, and did not wickedly depart from his God” (verse 19-24). When we stop abiding by God’s words we are departing from God. When we depart from the Lord we also miss out on His favors (protection, healings, council, etc.) and place ourselves in the worst of states (2 Peter 2:20-22); “for the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:6).
The problems, trails, misfortunes of this world, just like David; we will find ourselves in the middle of it (Psalm 91:7). During these times which most times come unannounced, let us have the Lord by our side. Let us cleanse our ways (Psalm 119:9) so that when in need we can look up to our Creator and trust in Him to deliver us. Therefore, we can say just as David said, “I will love Thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies” (Psalm 18:1-3).