Updated: Nov 22, 2017
11/19/17 Psalm 86
For those in distress, in debt, or discontent…
Life is too short to not include God. CAN life be lived without God? In the strictest sense of the question, the answer is NO, no one can live at all without God, since it is God who is Creator and Sustainer of all life.
That anyone may or is permitted to live without “including” or acknowledging God in their lives speaks to the breadth and depth of God’s common grace.
But sure, people do live their lives all over the world, every day without giving God a second thought, let alone by honoring Him as God or by giving Him thanks (Romans 1:21).
This Romans passage reveals that the basics of what anyone needs to know regarding whether there is a God, is plainly evident to us all in creation (we are therefore all without excuse in terms of denying God’s existence).
Perhaps this then means that NOT honoring or acknowledging God in our everyday life is the ultimate form of living in denial.
For us who do daily honor Him as God and acknowledge that He does love us with a steadfast love as David the psalmist wrote, why is our initial reaction to some sort of trouble so often one of fear or flight, as was David’s to the cave of Adullam? (1 Samuel 21,22).
David had been anointed king, and there he was, on the lam doing some crazy stuff - pretending to be insane, stealing consecrated bread, getting people killed...
But when David got down to writing this psalm (86), he finally got to verse 11 and had a new resolve. Is your response like David the psalmist’s, “Teach ME” or more like “Why ME?”
So maybe today you’re like one of those in flight-mode in the cave of Adullam with David: some were in Distress, some in Debt and some Discontent. The good news is those are the ones God wants to display His constant love toward.
Resolve today to make your go-to response, “teach me your ways O Lord” next time you’re in flight, and watch for His Deliverance.
The mighty David, a man after God’s heart, was fleeing and hiding. What David needed was a reminder of the truth of God’s love for him and the truth his plan for him, that he was anointed to be king. He needed to hear God’s truth about him.
So, we, not unlike David, need to be reminded of God’s truth about us – we are loved with an everlasting love, we are anointed as children of God, we are called to live in the light not in caves of darkness. (1 John 2:27)
Why do we find it so much easier to fear and flee?
Listen to a Sara Groves song as a reminder: