Monday, May 9, 2016

Mon., 5/9/16 Devotion (Ps. 55:6-8)

Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 55:6-8, where David penned 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.) The Lord would have David stand his ground, and fight it out (see vv. 16-19).

If we will but persevere in our holy faith, we will, in Christ, get the victory, and the reward. Let us hang in there; and do so by constantly crying out to our good and powerful 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 Sover-eignty of God"]