David’s Confidence

19th November

The Lord is my light and salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid…. EVEN IF I AM ATTACKED, I WILL REMAIN CONFIDENT.

Psalm 27:1-3

David knew that his hope was in God. Throughout his life, time and time again, we see a complete reliance and trust in God, to guard and protect him and lead him in the right path. Today’s psalm is another fine example of David’s confidence in the Lord God Almighty.

David starts this psalm with an affirmation of who God is. His God was not built by human hands, carved out wood or drawn up in an imagination. His God was the One, True and Living God. His God was his ‘light and salvation’ and a ‘fortress’ to ‘give protection from danger‘. David knew who his God was. Furthermore, because of that reason, he could fully trust Him in times of trouble and danger (of which David had a lot of).

Yet the words that stand out above all, are found in verse 3… Even if I am attacked, I will still remain confident in you God. David was sure that God would be with him always. He declared that even if he got attacked, he would still be confident and keep his trust in God. He knew that even there, he would be secure in the Lord. He had complete trust that God would protect him from danger, but also that if danger did come knocking at his door, he again would be confident in the Lord’s deliverance, comfort and security.

How about you? Do you know who your God is? Are you confident that no matter what happens in your life, you can still say God is your Light and Salvation and a Fortress from the enemy? The best place to be, is fully reliant on the Lord, no matter what your circumstances are. He may not always keep us from danger, but He promises to be with us, even in our darkest times.

Seventy Time Seven

18th November

Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy time seven!

Matthew 18:21-22

In Matthew chapter 18, Peter approaches Jesus and asks Him how many times he should forgive someone who has wronged him. Peter seeming generous, gives a figure of seven times. Yet what was to happen the eighth time someone wronged him? Did his grace run out? Jesus’ reply did not specifically mean that we should only forgive someone 490 times, but rather it was a principle that just as much as we are forgiven, so we should forgive others with that same forgiveness. In other words, God’s grace and forgiveness, as David rightly said in his psalms, flow from the east to the west and from the heavens to earth; such is the measure of God’s grace, love and forgiveness – UNLIMITED.

Jesus then proceeds to tell a parable about a man imprisoned by his debt, shown grace by his debtor, released from his debt, then that same man, imprisoning his own servant for a lesser debt owed to him. The morale of the story is, that we should show the same forgiveness to others as we have received ourselves.

Indeed our sins have been greatly forgiven. God daily washes our sins clean if we ask for His forgiveness. His grace never runs and is not limited to a finite number. It is infinite. As one writer eloquently writes..

We must always keep in mind that there is no place we can go that God’s grace   cannot reach, and there is no depth to which we can sink that God is no longer able to pull us out. His grace is greater than all of our sin. Whether we are just starting to wander off course or we are already sinking and drowning in our sin, grace can be received.1

God is good. If you have sinned and don’t feel worthy of God’s grace today, then think again. You are, because of Jesus. Just reach out to Him, let Him heal your wounds, fill you with grace and restore you once more. Then with the forgiveness you have received, forgive others too.