Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. - Psalm 118:1 NKJV
I'm going to start out by saying today that I sure wish that God was my internet service provider. For the third day in a row, my expensive high speed internet service has been slow as molasses and essentially has been unusable at the time I've had the opportunity to post. So, that is why I haven't posted in a few days. My recent experience has given new meaning to the verses in Psalm 118:8-9:
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (NKJV)
While friends, family, governments and internet providers may fail us from time to time, God will never fail us. Can I hear an "Amen"? His goodness and mercy endures forever. He won't make promises that He can't keep. He is never to busy to listen to our pleas for help or to lend a helping hand. He is good, He is consistent and He is always there. With the Creator of the universe on our side, what do we really have to fear? (Ps 118:6)
Our Psalmist David knew firsthand of God's enduring faithfulness. Over and over in the Psalms we see David expressing his thankfulness for God's deliverance and protection in his life. David says in Psalm 118:21
I will praise You,
For you have answered me,
And have become my salvation.
As I look at this verse I wonder how long it took David to allow God to become his salvation. To me, the word "become" in this passage implies a growth process. Since David was human like the rest of us, I'm sure that his strong faith didn't arise overnight but through many years of trials and testing, as he learned to put his faith in the One who was faithfully there. As I walk through the journey of my life, God is becoming more and more to me as well, as I remember to let Him be there for me. God is good. Forever. No matter what. And I will praise His name.
To think about:
1) Looking back on your life, how can you see that you've allowed God to be your "salvation"? Has your faith grown over time?
2) If your faith hasn't grown, what do you think may be hindering you in your faith journey?
3) Would you be willing to take some time today to journal your current concerns as a prayer to God for help? God will listen and answer your prayers.