Sunday morning, as is my custom, I always open our church services with the reading of a Psalm that I feel the Holy Spirit directing me. In the service yesterday I read the first three verses of Psalm 34. This morning as I sat at my computer the words of David resonate in my spirit. They are alive. I love God’s word.Better than a bowl of Rice Krispies, Raisin Brand or Cheerios, God’s word is a source of strength to my inner man.Oh I like those three food groups, but there is something about God’s word that absolutely thrills me. I honestly am amazed at people in congregations all across America that do not know the word of God. They know stories. They know characters. They even know their pet verses, but knowing the word is foreign to them.
Backgrounds of stories fascinate me. The hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” was written out of a tragedy on the high seas that Horaito Spafford’s family had suffered. Or the hymn, “He Giveth More Grace” was written by a lady who as a teenager became afflicted with arthritis and as the disease progressed later in life would type out her poems which eventually became songs on a typewriter simply using only her knuckles because her hands would no longer open. In 1923, using the words of Jeremiah, Thomas Chisolm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” that describes how awesome our God is. So backgrounds are interesting because we understand why or what is transpiring in the life of an individual. David was no different. Finding himself in a place called Achish, under the rule of a King named Gath, there came over him a sense of foreboding. He realized that he was in trouble and needed an ingenious way to escape. Here is the way The Message Bible describes the scene. It is hilarious. “When David realized that he had beenrecognized, he panicked, fearing the worst from Achish, king of Gath. So right there, while they were looking at him, he pretended to go crazy, pounding his head on the city gate and foaming at the mouth, spit dripping from his beard. Achish took one look at him and said to his servants, "Can't you see he's crazy? Why did you let him in here? Don't you think I have enough crazy people to put up with as it is without adding another? Get him out of here!" (1 Samuel 21:10-15)And like the late Paul Harvey used to say as he ended some of his broadcasts, “Now you know the rest of the story”. So, from that experience David writes the marvelous 34th psalm.
As we start another week together, (Harold Camping getting it wrong, we are still here) no matter what we face there are some things that David wrote I would like you and me to covenant together to enter in to. (1) Not just some time during this week, not just today, Wednesday and perhaps Saturday, but at all times throughout this week let’s you and me bless the Lord. David emphatically stated “I will”. Sometimes we need to talk to ourselves straight. We need to get our focus readjusted. It’s so easy to get sidetracked. We all do it, including me. The “at all times” means in the good and the bad, in the pretty and the ugly, in the highs and the lows, in the dark and in the light, when I do not feel like it, when I am at my lowest, when I have heard nothing but lies from the enemy, I WILL! Listen, having someone lay their hands on you is not going to get the job done. Out of your own mouth is praise going to have to come forth. Like David some of you reading this blog today have been through some tough things. You have seen the hand of God bring deliverance. Stand up, shout out, rock the devil this Monday morning and make this week in your life a week of praise. (2) Magnify the Lord. Build God up bigger than the circumstances all of us are going through. God is bigger than health issues, bigger than family issues, bigger that financial issues, bigger than church issues. The word “magnify” means “to increase the apparent size of” or “to cause to seem greater or more important”. Turn the magnifying glass of the word of God on to the things you face today my friend and I assure you that God will look larger than those are to you right now.
Ok, the assignment has been given. I join you as together we shall exalt the Lord together. He is more than enough. Believe it!!!!!!!