You can’t escape the past. It’s part of who you are, but it does you no good to dwell on it, or in it for that matter.”
–L.C. Matthews (The Promise)
“‘O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,’ he prayed. ‘Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.'”
–Genesis 24:12 (NLT)
“Let’s tip-toe through the tulips” of life. I don’t think so. If that happens to a person they must be living a life in denial or shut up in their special room with their blankie in hand. “The wounds of life force dependence upon God.” (George O. Wood)
I have found that situations, circumstances, battles, and the like will either make a person better or bitter. They will use the situation that they face and blame God if it is bad, or they will grow and draw closer to the Lord. Let’s continue to look at Psalm 5.
But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You. (7)
LORD, lead me in Your righteousness, because of my adversaries; make Your way straight before me. (8)
Because of God’s unfailing love David would worship at the Temple. Hmmm, since we are now the “temple” do we worship with awe? It is only because of His unfailing love that we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Straight and narrow is the path we are to walk. When we begin to look around we might see others enjoying the lures of the world. They might be cavorting and reveling in pleasure that the world offers to them, not realizing that those things will take them to destruction. We must not look to the right or the left but keep our gaze in front of us on the pathway that leads to the heavenly city.
For there is nothing reliable in what they say; destruction is within them; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongues. (9)
Punish them, God; let them fail by their own schemes. Drive them out because of their many crimes, for they rebel against You. (10)
My, my this sure does sound like today’s politicians and the media. Fake news, nothing reliable. People, especially those mentioned have only their own agenda in front of them and do not care for the things of God. They seek only their own aggrandizement.
David understands that his enemies cannot speak the truth; that they are of their father, the devil. David will continue to worship despite his enemies, despite his reverses for he knows that God will provide a way.
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May You shelter them, and may those who love Your name boast about You. (11)
For You, LORD, bless the righteous one; You surround him with favor like a shield. (12)
No matter what evil comes your way, the Lord is there to guide, to protect, and to give comfort. Rest in the security of the Lord and continue to worship and rejoice.
“Under his wings, O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er.
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me; Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore.”
–William O. Cushing