As we come to the end of our Spiritual Life Emphasis, I was reflecting on the words of David in Psalms 56:8-9. Speaking to God, David says, “You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.”
Notice a few things with me—God sees. God knows. He knows our wanderings. He knows the times we have strayed. He is aware of the times we have let Him down; the times we have let ourselves down. He knows.
But beyond knowing, He cares. I love the image that David uses here of God storing our tears in His bottle. He does not record our times of wandering to use them again us—He records them because we are important to Him. He values us. He takes notice of us. He cares about us. And since we are important to him, what happens to us is important to Him. He knows, He records, He stores because He cares. That gives us hope as we approach God.
And based on this, David rises up in confidence. He states next that his enemies will retreat on the day David calls to God. Why? How can He be so confident? Even after his wanderings; even after the tears he has cried. How can he know his enemies will retreat? If we could discover this, it could help us move forward after we fail and fall. It would help us move from our “If Only” regrets into God’s “What If” possibilities.
David can make this confident assertion because of the truth of his last statement. “This I know: God is for me.” This is where we started in our Spiritual Life Emphasis when we looked at what Paul said in the New Testament, “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31). Knowing this truth changes everything for David—and it can change everything for us too!
What can you say about what you face today in your life? What can you say about what obstacles seem to stand again you? What can you say about moving forward despite your past? I hope today, at the end of our series you can move forward in confidence no matter what you are facing in your life today and say with David, “This I know: God is for me.”
Since that is true, I wonder . . . what confident assertion can you make in your life today?