February 28, 2022

Psalms 18:18-24 – God’s Blessings Through Obedience

Some wild times that we are living in right now, it seems like we are moving from one crisis to the next, first COVID and now a potential world war with Ukraine and Russia.  We watch the news or follow these events on social media, and they can certainly make us feel helpless.  But are we really?  

David was in a similar situation in the Bible, when he was being chased by Saul.  Saul and his goons were hunting David down, wanting to kill him, so David felt the same way we likely do when we are watching the news, so let’s see how things unfolded with David when he was going through some stressful times:  

Psa 18:18  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.

Psa 18:19  He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

The takeaway there is that God saved David, God rescued David, He took David to a safe place away from danger because God loved David.  But why?  Let’s read on:

Psa 18:20  The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

Psa 18:21  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psa 18:22  For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.

Psa 18:23  I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psa 18:24  Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

Some cause and effect at work there; God saves David but why ? We read that David was obedient!  The text there tells us that David followed God’s Commandments and didn’t deviate from them. 

So how do we do what David back in 1000 BC here in 2022?   Paul tells us in Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  END QUOTE

“And you will be saved”. What sweet, sweet words those are!  

So for us to get the same protection that David did, we declare Christ as King, but not just through words, but through actions.  That means living a new life that is pleasing to Christ, and setting aside our own sinful ways.  If that is a problem, and you struggle with sin, like we all do, pray and ask for help with your sins, confess them and repent of them.  He is always listening, He is always with us!  As James 4:8 says “draw near to Him and HE will draw near to you”. 

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