My beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Psalms 86:7, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.”
In the above context we see that David depended upon God. He says that in the day of trouble, he will call upon the Lord. And he is confident that when he calls upon the name of the Lord, God will answer him.” He further says, “I am poor and sorrowful, Let Your Salvation, O God set me up on high”. Since he considers himself poor, he asks the Lord to set him on high. We all desire to be at a higher level. David also knew that God raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap. So he puts his confidence in the Lord God of Israel. When our poverty and wretchedness, is felt, we plead powerfully on our behalf, at the throne of grace. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God’s keeping. We realize that we are set apart for God, and made partaker of His sanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, to feel that we have received the converting grace of God, and have learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect comfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God’s goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case to him; we shall then know that we do not seek God in vain.
Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love. Christ is the way and the truth. And one who believes in the Lord will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. The truth of God, in order to walk therein, and be delivered out of earthly distress. Those who do not set the Lord before them, seek after earthly desires. But to those who seek God, the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. In considering David’s experience, and that of a true Christian, we must not lose sight of God, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might become rich.
Many of you are reading this message with much expectation, because you are filled with much sorrow and distress. You believe that God will do something for you. Yes, God is going to lift you up. Because you have come to Him with all your heart and mind. Today you are in a very low position, may be because of debts or you had failed to do business wisely, therefore you have gone through loss in your business. You are pained at heart because you are not able to do well in life. You are currently lying upon ash heap and amidst garbage because of failure in your life. But God wants to lift you up. Because He is a God who makes poor, and makes rich. He brings one low, and lifts one up. God has seen your poor state of life. He will lift you up from the miry clay, and set you on high upon a rock. You are thinking in your mind, look “I am poor and needy, all are suppressing me, they don’t respect me for what I am.”Therefore you are in search of God, Almighty. You want God to set you on high. This was the very state of David. His father and his brothers despised him. He was a neglected child. They thought he was only fit for tending sheep on the mountain top. For all his other brothers were in the army of Israel. Once his father sent him to see his brothers who were in the war zone or in the battle field. David was only a shepherd by. He was tending his father’s sheep. David in obedience to his father left all the sheep behind and went to see his brothers with some food for them. Having given his brothers the food he stood watching the army. He was curious to know what was happening in the battle field. His brothers compelled him to return home. But David was reluctant to return. His brothers were speaking very rudely and chasing him from there. They did not show him any kindness, or favour, for his timely help. How troubled he must have been at that moment. David was afflicted. He was filled with sorrow, pain, remorse, humiliation and suppression. He was despised by all.
David knew well that God will one day lift him up. Though he was poor and lowly and was despised by his brothers, God was watching him. God decided to lift him up. He called Samuel the prophet and asked him to anoint David as the next king of Israel. All the sons of Jesse were brought before Samuel. But none of them were chosen. God had David in his mind. God directed Samuel to pour the oil upon the head of David and anoint him as the next king of Israel. So at the appointed time God exalted David. In the same way God will lift you up and set you on high before others. Your enemies shall see you being exalted before them. You who were in the ash heap will suddenly be seated along with the princes of this world. Which means you will be seated with high authority and rule over others. Your position will change in the society . You will be respected by all the people in your town. People from across the world will come to know of your name and fame. So your confidence in God will never be a waste. God will not only lift you up but also admire you. That Is His desire regarding those who commit themselves to God. He lifts those who humble themselves. And God resists the proud. Humble yourselves. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Father God, we thank you for teaching us the importance of being humble. Since David was humble You exalted him. Likewise, may we be humble and simple in our attitude. Help us to be obedient to our parents. Show us the way of truth. May we learn to walk in truth and obedience to God.