Those Wonderful Conditions

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

O God, my heart is quiet and confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Rouse yourself, my soul! Arise, O harp and lyre! Let us greet the dawn with song! I will thank you publicly throughout the land. I will sing your praises among the nations. Your kindness and love are as vast as the heavens. Your faithfulness is higher than the skies. Yes, be exalted, O God, above the heavens. May your glory shine throughout the earth.
Psalm 57:7-11 (TLB)

Is your mind made up about serving the Lord? If so, then nothing, that is absolutely nothing can cause you to ever forsake Him. David said, “My heart is fixed (established) O God, my heart is fixed.” Because he had a made-up mind he would sing unto the Lord and give Him praise.

Circumstances were not kind to David. At the time of this Psalm, he was hiding from King Saul—in a cave. The cave was a place where critters hung out including bats and snakes. I don’t like either. He was there with the men who followed him. Their beds happened to be the dirt floor of the cave. Their food and drink was what they could carry with them. It was not the Waldorf Astoria. It wasn’t even a Motel 6 cave.

In those wonderful conditions David wrote this Psalm. Most of us would be grumbling and complaining about the accommodations even if it was the Hyatt Regency that we did not get enough towels or if room service was late getting our meals to us. You know it’s true—don’t you? But David wrote a Psalm of praise to God.

Listen to the joy in this Psalm. David said, “Wake up my glory, wake up the musical instruments, I will wake up early. I will praise You, O Lord, among the people and sing praise unto you among the nations.” In those conditions he said, “Your mercy is great unto the heavens and Your truth unto the clouds.”

It was through the Holy Spirit that Jeremiah, with a broken heart because the spiritual rot in Judah was bringing it to destruction would say, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 3:22-23

David was in a fix but his heart was “steadfast.” Is ours? It had better be, because we will have to face our enemies even as David had to face his; but if our heart is fixed, nothing that we face will move us away for our Lord. Amen!

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
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