Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Daily reading assignment: Psalm 18:30
Psalm 18:30 – “As for God [“El”; “Almighty God”], his way [path; course of life; actions] is perfect [without blemish; whole; blameless]: the word [commandment] of the LORD [Jehovah; Eternal, Self-existent God] is tried [refined; purged by fire; tested]: he is a buckler [small shield] to all those that trust in him [flee to Him for protection; confide; make their refuge].”
It is easy to say, “The way of God is perfect” when we are at peace and enjoying a season of happiness free from trials and troubles; but are we willing to trust God’s way is perfect when our days are shadowed by trials that, like gold passing through a smelter’s fire, test our motives and resolve to trust the LORD?
When enemies malign us, friends betray us, and we find no solace in our heart and thoughts…will we, like David turn to God’s promises for hope? Will we trust the LORD is our “buckler” (a small shield for hand-to-hand combat), when we face an enemy that means us harm?
Reflecting on the character of God (18:31), David asserts God alone is Jehovah (Eternal; Self-existent), a Refuge (i.e. “rock”), and Almighty! Though his trials had not changed, David’s hope was revived in the LORD! Believing the way of the LORD is perfect, David found his strength and vigor renewed (18:32), his courage restored, and his steps like a deer standing on a precipice, solid and sure (18:33, 36).
Friend, are you facing trials and challenges that are nigh overwhelming? Don’t lose hope! If you know the LORD, be confident “His way is perfect” and the fiery trials you face have the potential of purifying your heart like gold and strengthening your character like steel! Even before the trials pass, give thanks to the LORD confident He will deliver you and His mercies fail not (18:46-50)!
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith