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Do you sometimes read the Bible and a specific person comes to mind? Like, “This person should really read this…” That happens to me sometimes but I try to both have the right heart about it (not spitefulness but rather love for the other person) and also make sure I listen to the words for my own life. We all know non-believers (people who don’t know Jesus). You might be one for all I know about who is reading this. Specifically, I have some people close to me I hurt for. They’ve been exposed to the truth of God’s Word, yet do not see it as the Truth. If they did, their lives would be transformed!!
Occasionally, I read specific passages that make me think, “When so-and-so comes (or comes back) to Jesus, I want to point them to this!” That happened this morning and actually happens fairly often. The promises in the Bible are so strong, so comforting I wish these peoples’ hearts were open enough right now to accept them. But for now, I think I will collect them. And what better place to collect them than my public blog… Some snippets from Psalm 18 –
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my woes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious space; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:16-19
And the Note* on that passage:
Do your troubles, like “deep waters,” threaten to drown you? David [the author of this psalm], helpless and weak, knew that God alone had rescued him from his enemies when he was defenseless. When you wish that God would quickly rescue you from your troubles, remember that he can either deliver you or be your support as you go through them. Either way, his protection is best for you. When you feel as though you’re drowning in troubles, ask God to help you, hold you steady, and protect you. In his care, you are never helpless.
One other part of that chapter:
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32
Some people think that belief in God is a crutch for weak people who cannot make it on their own. God is indeed a shield to protect us when we are too weak to face certain trials by ourselves, but he does not want us to remain weak. He strengthens, protects, and guides us in order to send us back into an evil world to fight for him. Then he continues to work with us because the strongest person on earth is infinitely weaker than God and needs his help. David was not a coward; he was a mighty warrior who, even with all his armies and weapons, knew that only God could ultimately protect and save him.
Pretty much this entire chapter rocks, like many psalms, but these were just some highlights.
*NIV Life Application Study Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.