PSALM 18: 1-3
The Holy Bible
HOW AM I TO ENTER INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE?
What caught my attention about Psalm 18 was how David began his Entrance into the Presence of God. He didn’t Run into Gods’ Presence with Concerns and Demands.
He began his Entrance with, “I Love You Fervently and Devotedly, O Lord, my Strength“. Then David continues in verse 2, “The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my Keen and Firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take Refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my Salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be Praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.
DAVID MARVELED AT WHO HAD DELIVERED HIM AND HOW. HE REALIZED THE ODDS WHERE TOO GREAT…HE COULD NOT HAVE SAVED HIMSELF!
David had been delivered from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. Saul and his enemies were going to Kill him and David had recently been RESCUED. I believe he is so relieved after the fight, as he realizes what a close call, so-to-speak, he had encountered, and the peace he feels after the deliverance, knowing he could not have delivered himself, was immense.
David realizes “Who” took care of him, as I notice the, my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my God, my Keen and Firm Strength, my Shield, my High Tower and the Horn of my Salvation”. David had to have ACCEPTED Who and What God is, and what God expected out of him to be able to call him MY. David had not attained perfection in this own right, but he accepted Who and What God is.
WHAT DO I SEE INVOLVED…MY WILL!
David continues with what he is doing and will do, “I Love You Fervently and Devotedly, I will Trust and Take Refuge, I will Call upon the Lord (WHO is to be PRAISED) and when David does all of that, look what happens…so Shall I be Saved from my Enemies.
Enemies may come in many forms and wear many faces; anything that is trying to DESTROY your PEACE, and push you into FEAR is an Enemy influence promoted by SATAN. It could be in the Negative, people (gossip, murder, covetousness, wrong anger, jealousy, theft, etc.) finances (debt, loss of finances, etc.) health (all kinds of disease, addictions, etc.). Anything against Gods’ Law that will harm another human being is an Enemy.
THE KEY TO WINNING THE GAME OF LIFE
DEFEATING YOUR ENEMIES!
The KEY is to do what is right to the best of your ability and the ability God gives you, or as Dr Charles Stanley says, “Obey God, (I have to read His Word to do that, so I can quote it), and leave the Consequences to Him”. Stay out of “FEAR”. That is a Command. I am required to “OBEY”.
THE SWORD I USE TO FIGHT…GODS’ WORD QUOTED IN JESUS’ NAME.
I QUOTE GODS’ WORD (SWORD). GOD TELLS ME NOT TO FEAR, AND IN “JESUS NAME”, I WILL OBEY! The reason we have to use Jesus’ name is, He went to the cross, willingly, as a sacrifice for my wrong-doing (sin). No one could have killed Him…He was God! God gave the earth to man, so Jesus, (God) had to come in the body of a man to buy it back for man. Remember, there was a Penalty for taking what was Gods’. DEATH…WHEN I WAS BORN I STARTED TO DIE. When I ACCEPT what Jesus did for me (He paid my penalty for disobedience), I am what is called born again. I receive the power of God to overcome any obstacle in my way. I turn from the road I was on to Jesus’ road…that is called repentance.
IF I WANT TO WIN, I HAVE TO DO IT ACCORDING TO GODS’ PLAN.
God gave Adam and Eve everything in the garden except one tree; that tree produced the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, and they wanted that too. They could not let God have what was Gods’. That was the penalty, (DEATH), Jesus paid for us and bought back the earth for mankind. No wonder, seemingly, everywhere I look I see Jesus being removed. Satan is terrified of the name of Jesus.
Because He paid the penalty, He gets to make the rules, and He is in charge of the Kingdom He talks about in the Word of God. He has the power to help us overcome whatever, that is why we have to use JESUS Name if we want to overcome the rampages of this life.
I learn much through tests and trials. I don’t like them, but I am an impatient person and sometimes through a trial or test I learn how to be patient…a good trait to have in the midst of a battle with sickness, grief, emotional pain, poor finances, etc.
GOD TRICKED SATAN!
Now, I know Satan is my adversary, (he wants to destroy me), he is the one who deceived Eve, so Adam and Eve received the penalty of Death along with me. He hates what God loves. Jesus loves me and paid my penalty by going to the cross and dying in my stead…now the war has started. Satan didn’t realize what he had done when he helped get Jesus to the cross. When Jesus gave up His life on the cross He paid our penalty, then in three days the power of God resurrected Him so He lives in everyone that accepts what He did. That started the Kingdom of God. God tricked Satan. Jesus Won!! There is a timeline involved so Satan is trying to destroy as many of what God loves as he can. The Bible tells us Satans’ time is short. Jesus is out to save as many people as He can before the appointed time is up.
I LIVE FOREVER…I GET TO CHOOSE!
I have a Spirit that lives somewhere forever…don’t accept Jesus, Hell by default. MY Choice. I get to Choose! Guess what? I Accept what Jesus did for me and it is HEAVEN all the way…tests and trials don’t stop. I get to REST knowing Jesus has my back!!!!!! Remember Mother Teresa, she did all she knew to do, she sat under her tree, in the shade, until God did His part. God had her back, so-to-speak! The dozers didn’t tear down her orphanage, the dozers left. Many children were rescued.
No matter what happens or what is happening, I have to “TRUST” all is well or all will be well. Either way all will work out in the end. I have to press forward, even if it seems like I am not making progress…that is where “TRUST”comes in. Trust is not understanding my circumstances, good or bad, I have to REST in whatever state I find myself, until, I am no longer in my earth suit, so-to-speak. The Bible calls my body a temporary tent…I call it an earth suit! I have found from experience, eventually, God has always rescued me from every circumstance that caused me pain, and in that pain; I learned something to profit my person. Some pain I caused myself and some I did not. If I do not want to “TRUST,” guess what…It’s MY CHOICE…even to my detriment.
I LOVE FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST!
When I open the Holy Bible, I feel like I am opening a Treasure Chest! As long as I leave the lid closed, I don’t get to see all the Treasures. I lift the lid and all kinds of interesting Treasures appear. I learn that Jesus calls me Beloved, Blessed, The Head and not the Tail, etc. He tells me to leave this or that alone, not because He wants to deprive me of pleasure, as He knows what and how these things will affect me negatively. He wants me to finish my boot camp, so-to-speak, with as little damage to my person as possible. As I Follow Him, I am led from beauty to beauty. Jesus let’s me do whatever I want to do, but I will pay the consequences if what I do, is opposite of what God says to do. God left the choice up to me. I don’t like the consequences of my own decisions without His imput, therefore, I will do my best to follow Jesus and miss a lot of unnecessary trouble and pain.
“I HOPE I HELPED SOMEONE KNOW HOW TO APPROACH GOD IN PRAYER”
“I ALSO HOPE I HELPED SOMEONE KNOW HOW TO FIGHT TO OVERCOME…REST”
“I HOPE I HELPED SOMEONE UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE CROSS”
“I HOPE I HELPED SOMEONE KNOW HOW MUCH GOD LOVES MANKIND”