Thought for the Week - 21st February

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Psalm 34:1-5

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth…

….I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”

David we know was a man whose life from just a young boy was one in close communion with God. He trusted his Lord so deeply that he stepped out fearlessly and victoriously against Goliath and many enemies thereafter. He knew the mighty power of God and yet later, having led himself into a wrong place, was afraid before the king of the Philistines he had once defeated. (1 Samuel 21)

We may be Christians but like David we still mess things up from time to time and lose our way.

I can think of people who have found themselves in this place. Once transformed and on fire for God, sadly now have turned their back on Him. For some it begins with not being in the right place within themselves and looking elsewhere for a ‘fix’ for their problems. Some seek out worldly things to satisfy or comfort and stop listening to God’s voice. Others take themselves into wrong places and bit by bit turn back to drink, drugs, or wrong relationships. I have seen lives who once found much blessing, completely unravel causing destruction to themselves and those around them.

David was at the edges of this type of event, having veered away from the will of his faithful Father, he was in trouble and filled with fear. He played a madman and fled into hiding.

David’s next actions here were vital, how did he get himself right again?

Psalm 34 tells us that when he pretended madness before Abimelech, he lifted up his voice in praise and thanksgiving.

David took his eyes off himself, off the fear of troubles on every side, even off his own failings in his walk, and turned his eyes to God. He chose to bless the Lord, to praise Him and seek Him.

God heard David and delivered him from all his fears. Our compassionate Father hears us too.

No matter what we have done, how we feel, or how far away we have strayed, if we take responsibility for our problems and make the deliberate choice to seek God once again, He will hear us and meet us right where we are. Let us lift our voices with praise and gladness. In Him we overcome.


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