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Staying right with GodPosted Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 4:51 PM
In Psalm 25 we get a view of the writer about his circumstances of life and how he deals with them. Let me write a few verses of Psalm 25:10ff. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thou unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: Let me not be ashamed for I put y trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait upon thee. Redeem Israel, O God out of all his troubles."
These are the words of a man who lived life like most of us have to live but he surrounds himself with many good things.
In all of his common troubles he turns to the Lord. There have been times in my own life that I did not know what to do except cast my care on the Lord. I recall a time once that my burden got so serious that I drove over to Big Lake and sought the will of God for me. There as I looked over the pretty water, I just counseled the Lord and asked his direction. I can't say everything was settled there but I felt some relief and that the Lord would be with me and give me guidance. The writer of this 25th Psalm had times like that and he went to his Help.
He spoke about the secret if the Lord in Verse 14. Secret here means the greatness and goodness of the Lord becomes real knowledge that comes to people who put their trust in him. I think nearly all people have some belief and recognition of God but this doesn't even come near to rally knowing about God. When we put our trust completely in Him our minds become aware of the blessedness of truly knowing God. That is hidden from the eyes of people who do not rally confess and trust in God. When we hear his word and believe in His promises, does he really open our minds to that mystery or secret?
The Psalmist said that he continually turned his eyes toward the Lord. Life's afflictions and hurts don't have the full control for we know that the Lord is with us and He understands and helps in our troubles. His body experienced hurt of pains, but also of insults and threats from without. His prayer was that God would keep him. What a comfort and joy it is to live so close to the Lord. We can bring anything to Him. He invites our call upon Him.
The Psalmist also felt pangs from within, yea, even spiritual pains. He felt the need for continual forgiveness and cleansing from his sins. King David once said about his sins he needed to confess "When I kept silence there was a roaring within my bones." Do you know what that means? Well, it means that when we live in sin and do not bring them to the Lord for forgiveness and cleansing we are disturbed within. When we confess those sins and turn from them the Lord takes us and we begin to have peace and joy within. We feel like a bird that has been grounded with a broken wing and now is healed and able to fly. We don't recognize that until we become right with God. That is when we are glad we belong to the Lord. His prayer contained a desire he had. He wanted to tell about what God meant to him. He didn't want to be ashamed. He wanted to be a person of integrity and uprightness. We often say an upstanding person. He wanted to be right with and his fellowman. We don't feel good when we are out of sorts with God or our people about us.
The last verse was a prayer for his country. We need to do this as well. We have just finished the country's election. Not much has changed nationally. But whatever the outcome we are still told of the Lord to pray for those in authority. So instead of griping we should pray that the leaders will be good and listen to the Lord and His Word. We should also pray that when they disobey the Lord he would correct them. The USA is our Israel. He is the help for all troubles. Pray for them.
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Rev. William Piercy is pastor of Blackwater Baptist Church near Manila.