Years in the past, I grappled with the fixed worry of my Lyme illness reactivating and the potential accidents that will additional debilitate my already weak physique. Each day, I wrestled with what the longer term would possibly maintain: Will I ever be healed from Lyme? Will I get my power again, or will continual fatigue be my new regular? Will I be capable to have kids? Will God nonetheless maintain me?
Once we cant appear to reconcile a superb God with laborious circumstances, it takes a toll on our belief in him. Our minds spin with unanswered questions: What if my partner dies in a sudden accident? What if I lose this child? What if my check outcomes come again constructive? What if I dont discover one other job? However we regularly fail to ask an important query: How can I be taught to belief God, it doesn’t matter what occurs?
Psalm 34, Davids stunning poem about Gods goodness, helps us reply this query. Its acrostic fashion shows the expanse of our Lords goodness as David takes us by means of the Hebrew alphabetan A to Z of the benevolent nature of our God.
There is no such thing as a doubt David wrestled with the goodness of God; a lot of his psalms present proof (see Psalms 6870). However when trials hit, and the shadow of dying enveloped him, David relied on what he knew to be completely and at all times true: God is sweet.
On this psalm, David guides us by means of three steps to belief God and battle our fears.
1. Struggle your fears with reward.
As David pens Psalm 34, he’s an exhausted and distressed younger man who has been working away from the king of Israel, Saul. Saul has been making an attempt to kill David.
Are you able to think about being hunted? Having no place to put your head as a result of youre hiding in caves? By no means figuring out who to belief? Terrifying! But, in the midst of his fearful circumstances, David praises God: I’ll bless the LORD always; his reward shall regularly be in my mouth (Ps. 34:1).
David is aware of there may be energy in reward, like there may be energy in worry. By selecting to reward God for what he is aware of to be true of God’s character, David is overwhelming his doubts and fears with reality. Slightly than following his coronary heart, he leads his coronary heart. He practices reward together with his lips, which leads his coronary heart right into a posture of reward.
Slightly than following his coronary heart, he leads his coronary heart.
We are able to do the identical: to deepen our belief in Gods goodness, we stay out the definition of belief. We domesticate a coronary heart that’s certain of what we hope for and sure of what we don’t see (Heb. 11:1). We reward God with our mouths even when our minds and hearts are grappling together with his goodness. We stroll by religion, not by sight.
2. Struggle your fears with remembrance.
Subsequent, David displays on a time when he feigned madness as a way to escape from an enemy (see 1 Sam. 21). He recounts Gods goodness to rescue him: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles” (Ps. 34:6).
The aware act of remembering Gods previous faithfulness to us will deepen our belief in his current goodness. In his commentary on Psalm 34, Charles Spurgeon says, It’s effectively to mark our mercies with well-carved memorials, which is exactly what David does. Scripture is stuffed with memorials. Often, God instructions his folks to recollect his works (e.g., Josh. 4:7; Luke 22:19). Why? As a result of he is aware of we’re forgetful, and he is aware of remembrance strengthens our religion and fights worry.
So, when youre wrestling with worry, recall his faithfulness:
- How did God prevent by his grace?
- What prayers has God answered in your previous?
- What troubles has he rescued you from?
- What fears has he helped you overcome, even when by levels?
3. Struggle your fears with everlasting perspective.
David now brings his poem to a climax with a declaration about Gods goodness and an exhortation to Gods folks:
Oh, style and see that the LORD is sweet!
Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him!
Oh, worry the LORD, you his saints,
for many who worry him don’t have any lack!
The younger lions undergo need and starvation;
however those that search the LORD lack no good factor. (Ps. 34:810)
Once we wrestle with Gods goodness, its actually because hes taken, modified, or withheld one thing we predict we’d like or deserve. Generally our losses are extraordinary, and typically they’re the each day deprivations, frequent to many people. In any struggling, whether or not small or life-altering, Psalm 34 expresses our sure hope: Those that worry him lack nothing. Those that worry him have each good factor.
With the Lord, even in shedding one thing good, we lack nothing. With the Lord, even in gaining one thing unhealthy, now we have each good factor.
However how can this be?
Davids phrases level us to the approaching Savior and risen King. Our sin means we should style dying. However, astonishingly, what does God supply us as an alternative? We are able to look again to Psalm 34 for our reply: “The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned” (Ps. 34:22).
God presents us a Redeemer in his Son. He presents us a refuge from the condemnation our sin deserves. When our worst fears come to go (or after we worry they could), we are able to style and see Jesuss fellowship with us in struggling. His agony produced bloody sweat as he anticipated his best feardrinking the cup of Gods wrath on the crossand his worry got here to go as he tasted dying in our place.
Our belief in Gods goodness will deepen as we style and see the ability of Jesuss resurrection. He overcame dying that we’d by no means style dying ourselves, however, as an alternative, dwell in his saving love and everlasting life.