Friday, 11 November 2016

God has dealt bountifully

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
 I will sing to the Lord,
 Because He has dealt bountifully with me - Psalm 13.5-6

A lot of living as God’s people is a matter of perspective. Do we look at things from God’s perspective, or do we see it from a spiritual perspective? Do we look at the seen temporal things or do we look at the unseen eternal things? Do we walk by faith or by sight? Do we focus our thoughts on earthly things or heavenly? The answers to these questions are going to determine how we view God.

David was in trouble from his enemies as usual. On the surface things looked bleak. I think we all know what that feels like. We have all been there.

When that happens we can get discouraged. We can feel overwhelmed and defeated.

Or, we can do that David did. David chose to trust God’s mercy. David chose to rejoice in God’s salvation. David chose to sing to the Lord.

Because God had dealt bountifully with him.

This reminds me of what Paul wrote to the Philippians about how to have joy.

Paul wrote ‘don’t be full of cares’ but instead to instead pray and to pray with thanksgiving in mind. Paul wanted the believers to focus on the bountiful blessings that God has poured out on His people.

We may not always see the bountiful material or physical blessings. Sometimes the things we see do not seem like bounty.

But our spiritual bounties will never fail and it is those eternal unshakeable bounties that we can rejoice in and be thankful for, and when we do we can know the peace of God that passes all understanding in our lives. 

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