Manspeak


A Right Perspective by Caleb H.
April 7, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

If you haven’t read this Psalm in a while, or seriously contemplated it, please take the next few seconds to read it slowly, think about what David is saying, and what it means about God.

Psalm 70

1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
2 Let them be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
3 Let them turn back because of their shame
who say, “Aha, Aha!”

4 May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!

I love this psalm, because as I read it, God regularly reminds me of what a right perspective looks like. We see in verses 1-3 that David is in trouble. He needs to be rescued.

Like David, we have legitimate needs on a day-to-day basis. This can range from physical needs, like food (usually not a problem for most of us here in the US), to protection and relief from the temptations that bombard us by the minute. But how does David deal with these legitimate needs? Does he sit there and complain despondently? Does he try to work himself up with motivational speaking about self-esteem and believing in himself? NO!

David, in verse one above, goes to the source of his being (Acts 17:25 …[God] himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything) and pleas for mercy and help. This is the wisest thing that anyone can do.

As we are faced with struggles, and not just trials, but with every day, we should cry out to God for help, declaring our dependence upon Him for all things and pleading for His sovereign help.

But, this begs the question, why should God help us?

Answer: based on what we’ve done…He shouldn’t! (Romans 3:23 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…)

So why cry out to Him if we know that we don’t deserve a favorable response?

Answer: 1 Timothy 2:5 is true for the Christian today! It says that …there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

So, if you have repented, turned from, and confessed your sins, if you have placed your faith, hope and trust in Christ’s life and death and resurrection alone for your justification, then you can be sure that through Him, through Christ, you have access to God, whom you are now at peace with. You can ask for mercy, can expect, and can experience God’s providence in your daily life. (Romans 5: 1-2)

And may the realization of these truths take root in the Christian’s heart today, this very moment. And may the response be, along with David from verse 4 above…

“God is great!”

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