TOPIC: Appropriate Praise

TEXT: Psalm 18:29-50

KEY VERSE: Psalm 18:29

“For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.”

Only death or humiliating defeat would be the lot of a fleeing person trapped between a wall and a pursuing troop bent on utter conquest. With no escape route in sight, the troop would be looking at the battle as being decided in their favour already, even when the hunted is not in their net yet. But if the hunted were a sincere believer like David in the text today, heaven would turn the tables in his or her favour.

David burst out in the song recorded in this psalm as God intervened and preserved him from the throes of Saul’s ambush meant to destroy him and his lineage. He compared his situation to running into a brick wall after outwitting troops in hot pursuit.

It is typical of the best resources of feeble man to fail when it matters most. Asking for help from fellow mortals or from impotent idols makes the ugly situation worse. David and the Israelites did the right thing by forsaking their prowess and crying to the Lord for help. They all responded after succour came with great emotional salute to the Saviour.

sufficiency must not join the throng of deists who say God is out of the equation in the affairs of the world. They opine that man’s social, political and economic ideas, and scientific and technological feats alone can deliver humanity from the host of debilitating ills in which it has found itself. Only God can fix man as he calls on Him. When He does, He expects man to praise Him for His goodness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Render appropriate praises to God for His intervention.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: :  Jeremiah 19-21



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