“These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.” Psalms 42:4.
Secrets to victory in troubled times.
People expect if all goes good with you, God is with you. If severe problems hit you, then they imagine God is not with you. Our problems could be financial, relational, family (like David’s), health or something else. When David was hit with severe troubles, verse 3 says, people asked all day long, “where is your God?” The heart-breaking matter is when a Christian entertains such thoughts. Do you see the folly of such views from David’s and other faith warrior’s life in the Bible? It goes against the fabric of the whole Word of God- the Bible. If a Christian keep such attitude and outlook toward hurting people who are faced with various trials and problems in their Christian life, we may even doubt whether they are genuinely born again by the Gospel of Christ.
Day and night David was ridiculed and ostracized by people whom he trusted. A man called Shimei, who belong to David’s clan and family threw stones at him and cursed David repeatedly. He said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!” 2 Samuel 16:5-8. The God’s anointed, whom God made a king over Israel from the lowly profession of a shepherd, was beaten down in humiliation, despair, sadness, and sorrow. Shimei used his cruel, sharp and unkind words to bruise him more. Even Mephibosheth did not go with David. Bible says in 2 Samuel 16:3, he stayed at Jerusalem saying today Israelites would restore to him his grandfather’s (Saul’s) kingdom. David showed kindness to Mephibosheth and adopted him as one of his own children. See what he thinks now when David was in trouble. Such opportunists are still among us, aren’t they?
Today’s Bible insight says, In the midst of such depressing conditions, David reflected and remembered the excellent days God gave him in the past. He said, “When I pour out my soul, I remembered the things of the past- how I used to go to the house of God with shouts of joy and praise with worshippers. How well he was under the protection of the mighty God.” We should reflect the past good, peaceful and blessed spiritual experiences with God. Reflecting the good things God gave in the past revitalize us to face the current problems.
Dearly beloved, are you in trouble? Are people unkind to you? Are they breaking you apart with their attitudes, words, and actions? First, run and stick with God. He loves you. Do not go away from God and stop worshipping Him. Let no one (especially certain groups, so-called ‘Christians’ who do not know the Lord Jesus) prevent you from the God-given right and privilege of reflection and worship. May God forgive such people because they do not even know what they are doing.
Remember the past victories God gave you. Think and reflect the blessing He granted in the past. Where you are now is because of God’s permissive approval, and He knows all things. He has His supernatural power and genuine Christians to help you. He will deliver and restore you. Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “yet I am so thankful to God, who always marches us to victory under the banner of the Anointed One (Jesus Christ).” (VOICE). Why? God gives us the victory because “He uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” You may ask, Sam, do you believe this? I do believe with no doubt. God promised this in His book – the Bible. You see, God marches His children to victory after the fall under the banner of Jesus Christ. You will be His aroma that brings His knowledge to many in this world.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I believe my circumstances are to bring forth aroma and glory to you. You know all about me. I surrender my life to you. I remember the good days you gave me in the past. As I reflect on those past blessings, I seek you to deliver me from my current problems, so that I will bring praises and glory to your name. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again. I need Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord because you march me to victory under the banner of Christ Jesus. Please save me. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”