Praising Always.

“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.” (2Sam. 22:30)

Verse 15 of 2 Samuel chapter 21 points to the fact that King David was indeed a man, therefore, was subject to the weaknesses of the flesh. It pointed out that as a warrior King, he was not all powerful.

“There was another war between the Philistines and Israel, and David and his men went and fought the Philistines. During one of the battles David grew tired.” (2Sam. 21:15 GOOD NEWS BIBLE).

I will not attempt to count the number of battles David had fought before now, however, concerning this very battle, David got weak! The King and Commander – In – Chief of the armed forces of Israel grew weak in the line of battle. His strength failed him and one of the giants of the Philistines (Ishbibenob) saw the opportunity to kill him. If this had happened Israel would have lost this battle.

However, a brave soldier came to the rescue. “But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s help, attacked the giant, and killed him. Then David’s men made David promise that he would never again go out with them to battle. ‘You are the hope of Israel, and we don’t want to lose you,’ they said.” (verse 17)

I need not say that David had fought a lot of wars and age was also no more on his side. In fact, verses 15 to 22 alone records four battles of Israel under the Kingship of David.

It is, therefore, not surprising that the next chapter covered nothing but David’s praise unto God. He acknowledged His faithfulness, power and might to the point where he noted that it was not his bravery or battle skills that gave him victory over his enemies or his strength that saved or protected him against his foes, but God made it possible. “You give me strength to attack my enemies and power to overcome their defenses.” (GOOD NEWS BIBLE)

We do not need to get to the point of death before acknowledging God as our source of life, protector, deliverer, provider, etc. We do not need to be warriors like David to admit that it is God who gives us victory.

Rather we should cultivate a lifestyle of daily praise; thanking the LORD for His daily providence, protection, deliverance, victory, healing, etc.

If you can assure yourself of all goodness of life, please ignore this. But if you cannot, starting praising now for every detail of your life.

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You can trust the LORD for everything.

“Put your cares on the Lord, and he will be your support; he will not let the upright man be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

Can God truly support every area of need in my life? This is a question we all may have asked ourselves. The good news is; yes, God can.

Young David made this remarkable statement during his wilderness experience. It is expedient to know that all David wrote about were his personal experiences and not what he was told by someone else. Therefore, he was so confident God would do the same to us if we put our cares on the LORD. So he asked you and I to do just that—put your cares on the LORD—because no other person would care for you as God would.

I do not know what your cares (challenges or difficulties) are, but there is a charge to us all that rather than cry and complain about our cares, yet achieve nothing or at best self pity or pity from others, we do just one thing; put our cares on the LORD.

Many people have formed the habit of sharing all their life difficulties with people instead of handing them over to GOD. They argue that a problem shared is a problem solved.

The truth is 75% of those you share your pains with just don’t care. The remaining 25% are glad you have them! But God is not man; He acts speedily on your cares each time you call on Him.

The King James Version renders this verse thus: “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

The word sustain is from a Hebrew word kul having the following meanings: to maintain, nourish, provide food, bear, hold up, protect, support, defend, supply means necessary for living, etc.

If God alone can maintain, nourish me, provide my daily needs, bear me up when am down, protect me from harm and support me against my foes, be a wall of defence unto me, and supply all I need for living, why should I trust man who cares nothing about me and is even glad about my situation?

All we need do is to acknowledge God as the sole provider of all things, then trust Him enough to take care of all our cares.

I challenge you right now to place your burdens before the LORD and see Him happen as He has promised.

Prayer for Help.

Who do you turn to in times of trouble?

“I call to God Most High, to the God who does everything for me. He sends his help from heaven and saves me. He disgraces the one who is harassing me. Selah God sends his mercy and his truth.” Psalm 57: 2 – 3 (GOD’S WORD)

At one point in life or the other, we all meet situations that tend to weigh us down and as such require help. At such times, who do you go for help?

As humans, we fix our minds first on those whom who feel have the substance or whatever it takes to help. But this is obviously not the best way to seek help. I say this because even the people we trust so much to help us also need help!

Still under Saul’s pursuit David wrote saying: “I call to God, the Most High, to God, who supplies my every need.”(verse 2 GOOD NEWS BIBLE). Who did David say he would call unto? He said who would call out to God who supplies his every need. Note he never said that he would call out to man, but to God who ALWAYS supplies his EVERY need. I do not know of any man that can supply every need of another all the time. But God does supply our needs (every need) all the time.

Then verse 3 reads: “He will answer from heaven and save; he will defeat my oppressors. God will show me his constant love and faithfulness.” David was certain that if he called out to God, God would answer him and give him victory over his enemies. He was so sure because God had done so many times — “You will send help from heaven and save me, but you will bring trouble on my attackers. You are faithful, and can be trusted.” (CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION)

David said that not only would God send help to him from heaven, he also said God would bring trouble on his attackers! Praise the LORD! Then he said something that separates God from man. “…You are faithful and can be trusted.”

What man is there that is as faithful and can be trusted as God? Absolutely none! If no one is as faithful as God is, thus, cannot be trusted as God can be, who should you then go for help?

Selah.