I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
The books of Psalms were written by King David, who was the same shepherd boy that killed a lion, a bear, and Goliath, the giant. When God anointed him to be King, David perpetually worried about those who schemed against him. He also abused his authority by taking another man’s wife, Bathsheba, and to make matters worse, he sent her husband, Uriah, to the frontline of a battle to be killed.
In spite of David’s sins and wavering faith, God always remained faithful. Divine intervention prevented his son, Adonijah, from taking the throne away from his brother Solomon, who was appointed to be Israel’s next king. With love and mercies, God consistently blessed David; the one consequence that he suffered was that he was not allowed to build the temple under his reign. Read 1 Chronicles 28.
David wrote 150 psalms, poetic songs, which expressed his faith, his fears, his confession and repentance of adultery, murder, and ongoing sins against God. But, above all, he truly loved and honored God by continually singing a new song to the Creator of his life.
There are times when we may feel that God has forsaken us because we are experiencing the storms of life that have become so overwhelming. Perhaps we have been seeking after our sinful or selfish desires, and we feel unforgiven and separated from God. Even so, we must not give in to our feelings!
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
We must get to know who God is and establish a covenant with Him. Pray and rely on God by studying the Bible. The Word of God contains everything we need to know about His Character, His promises, and the disobedience of fallen humanity. When we come to understand who God is, we will be like David and sing a new song by praising God endlessly for His blessings and His mercies.
Prayer: Dear God, We praise you for the mercies of a new day, and we ask you to forgive us for our sins. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you will do in our lives. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020