God’s Three R’s
by Ray Harmer
The world we live in is out of control; humanly speaking. At times we cannot bear to watch the news. The headlines are filled with lies, threats, and hate. We must be careful not to forget that God is in control. It is easy to get our eyes off the Lord.
In Psalm 3, David is going through some tough times. His son was seeking to murder him, and people were losing confidence in him. Most of us would curl up in a ball if faced with such things. Not David! The Bible tells of another time, in 1 Samuel 30:6, when his world was crumbling about him; yet David encouraged himself in the LORD.
We all experience days when life seems too hectic, too depressing or too overwhelming. Days where we did not want to get out of bed. Some of us, to be honest, have hoped for the end. Instead of attending our own pity/poor me party, we should be encouraging ourselves in the Lord.
Listen to David’s plight, “LORD, How are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah” (Psalm 3:1-2).
We may think it is easier said than done. However, it can be done if we apply the right formula (follow the directions if you will). David followed Scriptural guidelines to invoke God’s help.
The first step is to recognize who God truly is. “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; My glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalm 3:3). God tells us to fear not…He is our shield (Genesis 15:1). If God be for us who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)?
The second step is to realize that it is Him, and Him alone, that
can help us. Nothing on earth will work. Only God can be the soother of a troubled heart. In Ps. 5:1-3 we read of David directing his cares to the Caretaker:
Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: For unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
David realized Who to turn to. Is our voice among those that cry out to Him each morning?
The last step is to relax in His protection. “I will both lay
me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” (Ps. 4:8). We need to relax in the comfort of God’s Word (Philip. 4:6). When we relax in God, we will truly experience Heavenly peace. There is nothing like it and only then can we truly say that it is well with our soul.