Sunday service, Arno Stegen, 12 Nov 2017
(Before the service, he shared of the time they had with the Eurochor, travelling with them, and what a blessing it was to see the young people growing in the Lord. It’s general knowledge that many evil things come from the West. But these young people bowled them over in the way they acted and spoke, and by the way the choir sang. Many of the elder preachers who still lived during the time when Romania was closed under communism, cried. They were deeply moved. One can imagine how much they appreciated it when one considers where they came from. Ceausescu ran the country into the ground, and he and his wife loathed the Gospel and the Cross. At one point they showed me where Ceausescu held a rally, and upon seeing a Cross on a church across the road, it troubled him and he told the people that he wanted it removed when he returned. A few days later he was removed. May that be a lesson to any leader.)
1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I will seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, as in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 so I have seen You in the holy place, seeing Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
4 So I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips,
6 when I remember You on my bed and think of You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows hard after You; Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the depths of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a serving for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
David shared these words of his joy of fellowship with God not while being king in the palace but while he was in the wilderness fleeing for his life from his son Absalom.
Many people give up and doubt God when they go through difficulties. They don’t realise God is using these things to purify them.
Even at the beginning of this prayer one can see that David knows the God he was praying to, simply by the way he starts his prayer. Many people simply say a prayer and don’t even know what they prayed.
David says that he will seek God early in the morning. What do you do first thing in the morning? Blessed are those who don’t just seek God early in the morning but early in their life. David could see God working in His life despite his circumstances.
David had experienced God in a special way. He had experienced God’s love and forgiveness and he knew the joy of forgiveness. He also suffered the consequences of his sin and was willing to suffer it patiently. Some only confess their sin not to suffer the consequences of their sin. But David was concerned to be forgiven even though he still suffered the consequences.
Sometimes when he couldn’t sleep he still meditated on the Lord.
He experienced God as a strong tower. While all this was happening he clung to God. God was his hope and salvation.
Imagine if you could make such an exchange as David said, that God’s right upholds you as you cling to Him!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all (Ps 34:19).