This divinely inspired bit of writing originally started out as a Theology homework assignment but I cannot help but to share it here as well. My time with the Lord this morning is just way too good to keep to myself. I pray the Lord blesses you immeasurably as you read!
Psalm 37:39-40 (KJV)
But the salvation of the righteous is of the
LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver
them: he shall deliver them from the wicked,
and save them because they trust in him.
This is the glory of the Lord!
As children of God (those who faithfully follow Him), we are lifted high above all those things that give us trouble. We are elevated by His righteous, forgiving, and loving right hand. “Thou shalt be fed by faith” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 1960, p. 613). We are divinely encouraged along the way of strife which is meant to bring the troubled into a deeper intimacy with the Father. This is a precious time of growth and victory for the believer! God (alone) is worthy of praise and thanksgiving because of His sweet and tender care. How faithful He is to His promises, how firmly He holds us, so close and tight; there is no chance of fear and anxiety of the future to creep in and destroy. We cannot be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). He is our shield and our refuge and because of His constant care of us, we can relax, soak in His Holy Presence and in His peace! Thank you, Father! We are comforted by Him as no other can do. We can be confident in the way we go and in the results of our circumstances. He is good!
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he
shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
The desires of the heart, all the cravings of the soul are “to know and love, and live to God, to please Him and to be pleased in Him” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 1960).
This is far different from the desires of the body, far superior is our soul’s desire and in the Divine exchange that occurs when we seek the love of God. This is long-lasting, not to wither as the grass or fade as the flower: The Word of our God shall stand for ever (Isaiah 40:8). He is trustworthy and there is not one who compares!
We must make God our hope, our heart’s delight, and our guide (Matthew Henry Commentary’s, 1960). In doing this, and all by the power of the Holy Spirit who is our helper, God “will find means to extricate thee out of thy straits, to prevent thy fears, and bring about thy purposes, to thy satisfaction” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 1960). Hallelujah!
It is through a devoted (without distractions) time of daily prayer and Holy Bible study, along with church attendance (a Holy Bible based church) and Christian fellowship that we are moved (by the Holy Spirit) towards spiritual maturity. It is through personal strife and victories, all glory be to God, that we are enabled to share the Gospel Message of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Personally, I deliver this Good News through conversation, in my writing, and in action. He is truly our Daily Bread, He feeds us well, generously gives all that we need to carry on in His will, plan, and purpose. An intimate relationship with Jesus Christ is priceless and once you, by His grace and your faith, have received Him as your Lord and Savior, I promise, you will never want to go back to where you were before you met Him. He is just that good!!
God bless you Professor Powell and classmates. I am inspired and boosted in faith by your fellowship!!
Matthew Henry’s Commentary. (1960). Matthew henry’s commentary: Zondervan classic reference series in one-volume. Zondervan Academic.