Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What is God to Me Now in All This Mess? Hope from the Bible, Psalm 59:16

God Loves You
There are times when we are so troubled and overwhelmed we wonder about God, is He the God of Love? What good is God to me?

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16, NIV.

The psalmist had troubles yet he says, "I will sing..." to say "I will" suggest resolution, promise, or commitment. During the crisis, he resolved that he will sing of God.

     * We must "will" our thoughts off of problems
     * We must "will" ourselves to look afresh at God
     * We must "will" ourselves to give praise to God.

Sing is used twice here; he is celebrating God and is compelled to "sing." In his difficulties this person turns to God, tells of his strength and soon worships in song. He is lifted up beyond problems by seeing God as his strength, love, and refuge.

Of course as the Creator of the universe God is strong. To acknowledge a fact is one thing and to experience it is another. We can experience God’s power and strength in our lives; we must approach God on his terms, and in faith experience His strength.

God’s love caused the psalmist to sing. He turned to God and found God to be his fortress and refuge, and there he experienced the Love that caused him to sing

Would he have sung if he had no troubles to drive him to God’s refuge of love? Trials often drive us to experience God's love. in trials, he focused on God’s love and it brought out a song from his heart.

Often we seek refuge in the wrong things. Like money or work or relationships. But we don’t find many people singing praise to their job or alcohol or sport. When we seek God as our fortress we find Him to be more. If we truly look to Him as our refuge we will sing His praise.

We all have troubles, but the Lord is willing to show His love and to be our refuge. Look beyond troubles and see God; it will move you to sing His praise.

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