Strong Heart, Weak Mind

Psalm 56:10 & 11 

In God, whose word I praise,

         in the Lord, whose word I praise—

in God I trust; I will not be afraid,

         What can man do to me?

I read Psalm 56 in my quiet time this morning.  I have been embarking on a journey through Psalms for the past month, because their earnest cries to God seemed to fit my life right now. 

These two verses jumped out at me this morning.  It struck me that David had to repeat himself three times.  He had to keep reminding himself:  I trust God, I praise God, God has me in His hands, God is watching over me…

I wonder if we would do the same?

As I read the Psalms I am reminded why God and David had special bond.  David was gut-wrenchingly honest with God.  Are we that way? 

I like this Psalm because David is not afraid of trying to not be afraid.  He reminds himself over and over that he is in God and His words are worthy of praise. 

I find myself needing to be strong all the time.  What David shows me is that I am not strong, I am weak.  However, what he also shows me is that as long as I am in the Lord, I need have no fear of circumstances in my life. 

After all, What can man do to me?

My salvation is assured, my walk is in Christ, my final destination is decided, my treasures in Heaven are being stored up, and my Savior is waiting for me!

 

…But God…

I believe that two of the greatest words in the Bible are these:  But God.

“But God” is a powerful hint at who God is and what He desires for us.

Look at Ephesians 2:4-6—But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…

These verses, indeed the whole passage of Ephesians 2, offer a wealth of theology for the believer in Christ.  The passage begins by outlining our station before Christ.  We are called ‘dead in our trespasses and sins’ and ‘walking according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air.’  It also says we lived in the ‘lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind…even as the rest.’  This passage paints a bleak picture of man before coming to a saving knowledge of Christ.

Ah, but then those precious words…But God…

But God…being rich in mercy…

         (this means He spares us what we deserve and has compassion on us.)

But God…because of His great love with which He loved us…

         (this means He sees us through the eyes of His love.)

But God…even when we were dead in our transgressions

(this means we were moving away from Him, dead to Him, unable to even          stand in His presence)

But God…made us alive together with Christ!

You see, “But God” is an indication of when God stepped in, usually on our behalf, to change the course of events for us to be in a relationship with Him.

Think of all the instances in the Bible:

But God…provided a way for Noah to be saved from the flood.

But God…provided a son for Abraham in order to fulfill His covenant.

But God…parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape the wrath of Pharoah.

But God…gave His chosen people chance after chance to follow Him.

But God…fulfilled hundreds of prophecies with the birth of Jesus.

But God…”is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to                                                repentance (2 Peter 3:9)

But God…spared us what we deserved and made a way for us to have an eternal                                     relationship with Him.

So how about in your own life, do you have any “But God” moments?  If you are a believer in Him, I am sure you do.  You see, God loves to intervene on our behalf.  He loves to because He loves us.  He loves you.  God’s desire is to be the one and only thing we count on.  Ultimately He is the only thing we can count on because He is constant and unchanging.  

So the next time you are reading His living Word, look for all the “But God’s.”

Then be thankful for what He has done for you.