For the last few weeks, the journey has taken me through Psalms 52-57. David faced many challenges fleeing from Saul. He was oppressed, in fear, and his world was crumbling around him, but he handled it with poise. Below, is food for thought gained from this group of Psalms that provide encouragement on the journey ahead!
A lesson from Psalm 52 is that the heart of God is for the righteous and the reward belongs to them. Anyone who deceives or lies to look good, will have their day coming. God can do far greater than we could ever do to even the score and ultimately bring victory.
A thought from Psalm 53 is the importance of putting our attention on the things of God so we are prepared for the world. Wisdom begins by seeking God, understanding His Way, and applying our faith.
From Psalm 54, noted was that there are times when it seems the challenge is too big. That’s when we need to have confidence that God is bigger, take courage by believing God’s angels are near, and take on the challenge before us even if it is scary.
Brought out in Psalm 55 was the poise of David. Through all the difficulty, he reacted with optimism. The advantage of being a follower of Christ is the poise gained to withstand adversity. The attitude embraced is positive because there is faith that everything is going to turn out all right and the future will be bright.
David was going through difficulty and wrote the poem in Psalm 56. In the poem, we learn that God was gracious to David and eventually He was able to escape to the cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22:1).
David’s response to the challenges he faced while fleeing from Saul was to praise God and this day, we can respond the same way. Never get discouraged for opportunity often comes disguised as difficulty so keep thoughts of God’s compassion in mind.
Great summary article. Love how you provide these.
“David’s response to the challenges he faced while fleeing from Saul was to praise God and this day, we can respond the same way.”
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