Today is Thursday, October 30th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1434
I am working on a Sunday School lesson for Sunday. We will look at Psalms 18. If you have the opportunity, you might like to read the entire chapter (50 verses). The topic includes calling on God for His help and strength; gratitude for His deliverance and victory.
Anything going on in your life from which you would like strength, deliverance, and victory?
Psalm 18:28 - 36 --
."You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect..He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
"You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great..You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn."
Commentary: "Our troubles, like deep waters, threaten to drown us. David, helpless and weak, knew that God alone had rescued him from his enemies during times when he was defenselee. How often we wish that God would quickly rescue us out of our troubles. Remember that God can deliver us or help us remain steady as we go through troubles. Either way, his protection is best for us. When you feel drowned by troubles, ask God to help you, hold you steady, and protect you. In his care, you are never helpless.
"Many say belief in God is a crutch for weak people, who cannot make it on their own. God is indeed a shield to protect us when we are too weak to face certain trials by ourselves. He strengthens, protects, and guides us in order to send us back into an evil world to fight for him.
"God promises to give us strength for life-building challenges and protection from life-threatening troubles. But he doesn't promise to eliminate our troubles. If God promised no rough roads, no mountain to climb, and no battles, we would not grow. But with these life-building challenges, he sends strength to overcome. If he left us alone with life-threatening troubles, we would not survive. But God sends his protection. We need his protection to survive life's impossible threats and his strength to grow as we respond to life's challenging circumstances."