Get At It
by Ray Harmer
We have been in the Book of Psalms for some months now. You probably feel like I do, that David stays in trouble. It seems everybody is after him and all he does is call out to God. The Book of Psalms certainly proves that God never tires of hearing us; otherwise, David would have been cut-off after a few Psalms. Some of these problems he brought on himself; while others are related to his being king (where you cannot make everyone happy), and other pressures he feels as a follower/believer of God (similar to our plight walking amongst a disbelieving people as Christians). Let us face it; not everyone loves us!
Listen to David in Psalm 57:1, “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast,” and again in Psalm 59:1-2, “Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.” As a final example, consider 2 Sam. 12:13-14, “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.”
The above Scripture verses are examples of why trouble befalls us. Having power seems to invite trouble. Think of what we could do as a nation if we stopped complaining and actually helped our president. Instead, our leaders are constantly raked over the coals. David well knows the feeling. A position of authority is like a lightning rod for trouble.
Then we have the second reason for being attacked. We bring it on ourselves. It is clearly evident in the reading above in 2 Samuel. To tell the truth, we would not have to read Scripture to know we bring trouble to our own doorsteps. We all can think back to a time when we courted trouble and accidentally (or intentionally) invited it into our lives.
Lastly, trouble comes our way because we have decided to follow Jesus. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. There are times we are persecuted or maligned for being a Christian. I have found that when I am serving God fervently, I have experienced my most difficult times. Satan will do all he can to stifle our work for God. On the other hand, when life was good I usually was off course and not walking as close to the flame (Holy Spirit) as I should. It was time to make a change! Honestly, we have all experienced this. We need to get up, shake ourselves off, call out to God and get back in the game!
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