April 3 – Devotion

Date: April 3, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 86

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.(Ps. 86:5, ESV)

Have you ever been so troubled, so heartbroken, so scared of losing everything, and yet you hadn’t a clue what to do about it? As a typical man, I confess that if there is a problem, I want to fix it. Give me any problem, and I can come up with a solution. It might not be the best solution, and it might not fix the problem—but I can come up with something.

In Psalm 86 David once again comes face-to-face with his enemies. Maybe he wondered how many times he would have to run for his life, leave town, or hide from someone who wanted to harm him. David was a wise man and great leader, and I’m sure he could have come up with a plan on his own on how to handle each situation. But David was a wiser man than I. He knew exactly whom to turn to for help. He had a history, a real relationship with a God who had proven Himself to be there for him every time. David poured out his heart to God with deep emotion and urgency mingled with praises and expressed confidence in his God because of the close relationship he had, because of the history he had, because of the many times God had already delivered him.

In Psalm 86:1-7, David cries out in great need for God to hear and act on his behalf. Then in 86:8-10, David exalts God as the only true God, the Lord of Nations. In 86:11-13, David asks God to teach him His way and unite his heart to fear God’s name, so that he will glorify His name forever. Finally, in verses 14-17, David again appeals to God’s mercy and grace to deliver him.

David shows us that it is ok not to have all the answers. We can’t fix all of our problems no matter how much we try. So we must admit that we need help. Cry out to him with the same confidence that David did and praise God for being the only one who could possibly come up with a solution for the messes we keep getting ourselves in. Trials and tribulations are going to come our way because we live in a fallen world. But God already knows that. You see, God loves us so much and wants so to have that real relationship with us like He did with David, that He sent a solution for all our problems. Through the death of Christ on the cross and the miraculous resurrection, our greatest enemy, death, has been defeated.

One reason that God brings trials into our lives is so that we will call upon Him and then glorify Him when He rescues us. Psalm 50:15 (ESV) says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble;/I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” So in all of our troubles, we should be looking for ways to magnify the Lord, so that others will be drawn to Him. In the midst of life-threatening situations, such as David was in, we can still affirm, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,/abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you” (Ps. 86:5, ESV).

Our great needs should drive us to pray to our great God, who alone can deliver us. President Lincoln came to know Christ more personally through the burdens that he faced during the Civil War. He later said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go” (as attributed by Noah Brooks, writing in the Harper’s Weekly for July 1865).

Prayer for the Journey: Hear our prayer, O Lord; Hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline thine ear to us; And grant us thy peace. Amen.

Prepared by: Chris Young


4 Responses to “April 3 – Devotion”

  1. Alan O'Dell says:

    Really challenged this morning. Thanks

  2. Marti Spaulding says:

    Wonderful devotion.
    Thank you!

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Inspiring devotion this morning, Chris! Thank you!

  4. Bob Mohr says:

    Spot on this morn Chris! Tks.

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