Psalm 17:13-15 “Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
Some believe that Psalm 17 was David crying out to God in the midst of running from Saul, who was seeking to kill David. Adversity is at an “all time high” in David’s life.
Some of us probably woke up this morning feeling the very same way. David knew that if he was going to get a glimpse of God that he would first have to recognize that all God does is righteous. David was not ever going to be satisfied until he saw everything going on in his life as being directed by God and realizing it is for good.
I do not think a Christian should ever get to a place where they feel they have arrived. Someone said, “Blessed is the man who as not arrived and knows it!” I like that! I am not a self-help believer. I do not believe in self-help groups. Why do you need a group if you are only there to get help from self? I have watched people for over a decade who get so wrapped up in self help that they eventually are so hard on themselves; they won’t even give themselves a fighting chance. That is where self always leads – to death.
As I read this text, I wanted to give a few conclusions that may help you and I along this journey to keep looking for God’s grace and favor – His hand – and those wonderful glimpses of God that refresh our souls.
I will not be satisfied with where I am now.
I am created in His image. I am not what I want to be, but I am not what I was either. I am not what I will be someday by His grace. Give you a fighting chance! Do not get down on yourself because you are not where you could be or should be. All that does is put your focus back on you and the whole self-help thing again. Keep focusing on the Master and His molding perfection into you.
I will give myself a fighting chance.
The same chance I give to others should be extended to me. I have met individuals who have little mercy and grace for others, but want a lot for themselves. This is not the blog for that, but rather those who give mercy and grace to others, but no chance for themselves. God chose you! God will finish what He started – get back into His care.
When I am wrong, I will go back to where I was right.
I once was told that if you take a man’s valleys and mountain top experiences away, what you have left is really what that man is. So many times we view ourselves as more than what we really are. The highest view we can have of ourselves is that of being dead in Christ! This view of everyone having a low self esteem just does not “connect” with the scriptures. Low self esteem, high self esteem…both are a focus on self! Humility is what is needed! The way up is down. Humble yourself and get back to those habits that bought fresh awareness or glimpses of God’s glory in your life. For me, it is the personal daily journal time in the morning. For me, it is being faithful 3 times a week to the House of God. To me, it is sharing the gospel with some individual every week of my life.
If you cannot get back to where you went wrong, then take the shortest route back to right.
Sometimes sin causes the loss of some battles and positions, but never the war! We are on the winning side. I love the last line of our verse this morning – “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
If I am afraid about the future, I will review the past.
By reviewing the past, every Christian can see the good hand of God. You may begin to think of all the things you have done wrong, thinking how will that help? I say…look further back. Now…look further back still. Go all the way back to the cross. Calvary covers it all! I love the testimony time at RU. I think every Christian should tune in to hear of God’s amazing grace in the lives of people as their past is being transformed for His glory. Take some time this week to review a few of our class testimonies in Rockford (imbed link to Friday night testimonies)
What God started, He promised to finish.
Philippians 2:15, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”