Welcome back to The Sword Training Challenge! I’m so glad you chose to join me in this endeavor. Today’s readings are Proverbs Chapter 2, and Psalm Chapters 6-10. Remember yesterday, when I told you that we will see David go through the whole spectrum of emotions as we read his psalms to the Lord? Today’s chapters illustrate just that, and they demonstrate the value of having God’s words in your heart.
David was going through some tough times. One, he had many enemies that were constantly plotting against him. Two, there were people that hated him because he had wronged them somehow. Three, he was keenly aware of when he had done wrong in the sight of the Lord, and he didn’t want to be punished. All of these things together made for a whole lot of pressure. Fortunately, David had the scriptures embedded in his heart and mind. He knew that he could call out to the Lord for mercy and deliverance, and he did. Psalm 6:9 says, “The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”
The Lord did hear David’s prayers, and he answered. The thing we know about David is that he knew how to seek God’s face. Like Peter, he messed up regularly, but didn’t hesitate to humble himself before the Lord to receive mercy and forgiveness. We too mess up from time to time. Myself more often than I’d care to admit…but I always know that I can approach the Father through the righteousness of the Son, and receive His grace and mercy to continue running the race, as Paul would say. The key, however, is knowing the scriptures well enough to know how to reach out to the Father in the midst of the storm.
All of us have struggles and it is easy to get lost in the pressures of life, losing sight of the Father’s love for us. The only way to successfully navigate life’s troubles is to stay focused on Christ. To do that you must have His word in your heart, not just in a book on the coffee table. Solomon demonstrated that in Proverbs 2 with the personification of wisdom. He said, “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” I would like to add, “then shall you see the deliverance of the Lord.”
Seek wisdom. Seek the Lord. How do you do that? By reading his Word as we are doing in this blog. When you have his Word in your heart and mind, you are ready to use your sword when the battle gets hot.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!
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