Monday, May 9, 2011

Mon., 5/9/11 Devotion (Ps. 55:6-8)

Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 55:6-8, where David pen-
ned these heartfelt words:

"So I said, 'Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.' "

Have we ever wished that we could be magically transported away from our problems--especially from our problem people? Because of David's pain and anguish (see vv. 4-5), he did. But this is not, in the end, God's way. (It is the world's way--and we see the dreadful effects of this all around us.) God would have David stand his ground, and fight it out (see vv. 16-19).

If we will but persevere, we will, in Christ, get the victory, and the reward. Let's hang in there; and do so by constantly crying out to God for help (see vv. 1-3).

[Puritan quote of the day: "It is from low, mean thoughts of God that in your minds you oppose His sovereignty, that you are not sensible how dangerous your conduct is; and what an audacious thing it is for such a creature as man to strive with his Maker!" --Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Sovereignty of God"]