O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
God is so great that his own creation speaks to his greatness. All the earth speaks to his glory. Beyond the sky as far as we can search we see his handiwork. Even children are a testimony of who he is. As many have tried to tear down God, to make us believe he is not real, he stands the test of time. Only Jesus is worthy of our praise!
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
There is no substitute for the Word of God. Knowledge, strategy, gut instinct, and experience is valuable, but it all pales in comparison when placed in the light of the Bible. Do you delight in the Scriptures? Is it a daily grind to read a few verses, or do you find life in them? It’s not a matter of making yourself do something, though it may begin as an exercise in discipline, it must become something you can’t live without. If you can live without meditating day and night on God’s Word, you’re not living.
David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.
God is always ready to respond to your cry. He is always poised to give you what is the very best for you. Don’t misunderstand this as God always prepared to give you what you want, but rather, what he knows is best for you. If you are seeking him, you can rest in the knowledge that whatever is coming your way has the potential to help you to be whom God has made you to be.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
We can trust in all kinds of things, but the only one who can really save us is the Lord. Call upon him, and he will save you.
31 And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, “Good news for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.” 32 The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” 33 And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
We never rejoice over the downfall of others. Absalom set himself against not only his father, but God Himself. His destruction was assured as a result. David grieved because his son had gone his own way. David was a real parent who was more than willing to take the punishment for his child, but he could not. Neither can (should) we. Everyone has to live with the consequences of our own choices. We don’t help our children when we spare them the blessing of being hurt by their mistakes. Let them fall early, and they won’t crash as hard later.