Psalm 62:11-12 “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” (NIV)
There is an old Chinese proverb which states: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” When we read Psalm 62 we must remind ourselves that these words come out of the low point of David’s reign, which was the rebellion of Absalom, his son, against his authority out of hatred for his father. No doubt David earned some of this disrespect, but the pain of all of this happening within his family, and seeing the destruction it had created, must have sent David to the edge of his ability to cope with it. But even at this terrible state of his life, David remembers God and his steadying presence in his life. In no way could David have survived the crises of his life without knowing that he must turn to God and seek his intervention in his life.
That simple and powerful truth that only God is sufficient help in our time of need must be passed on through our faith to others. You can solve problems for people, or at least put a band aid on them, but in no measure will you truly serve them unless you teach them that God, and he alone, is an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). David teaches you and me how to live in this life when he points us to the preeminence, power, and love of God. Notice what God does for us:
- He is our rest and our salvation comes from him (Psalm 62:1).
- He is our rock and fortress and we will never be shaken (Psalm 62:2).
- Our hope comes from God alone (Psalm 62:5).
- Our honor depends upon God and he is our refuge in this world (Psalm 62:7)
In our devotional text, David points us to the great truth that God is strong and God loves. Only God can be trusted with our lives, because only he loves us sufficiently to guide us home, for we cannot take care of ourselves. If we are to teach men how they must draw spiritual strength and love for a lifetime, then we must point them to God, and He alone, as the source of every good and perfect gift. We must always remember for each person we meet in passing through this world, that we are accountable to them and God to do so. As David rightfully says, “Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” We must get about the Lord’s business of sharing him to a lost world.
TODAY, FATHER, I WILL TEACH OTHERS THAT THEY MUST CALL ON YOUR STRENGTH AND LOVE TO GUIDE THEM THROUGH EVERY STORM AND DIFFICULT PATH. FOR GOD IS THE SOURCE OF EVERY ANSWER, SOLUTION, AND NEED THEY WILL HAVE IN THIS LIFE. AMEN!
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