Wednesday, October 5, 2016
I was reading this morning in the 21st Chapter of 2 Samuel regarding perhaps David's last actual participation in battle and I could totally relate to it. Just as the devil does with us, the Philistines didn’t stop coming against God’s people after David defeated Goliath. Anytime they had a giant warrior to be their champion, as in this case, they came against Israel, especially against David himself. Well, David, being much older, was no longer the warrior he had been before and in this last battle was exhausted. He valiantly opposed this new giant opponent but this time he was overmatched and would have been killed had not one of his men come to his rescue. Verse 17 read: But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”
I’m sure some of you have noticed, or at least I hope you have, that I haven’t been writing blogs as often as I used to. Old age has a lot to do with it. I am nearing the end of my writing career and I suspect that one day soon these blogs may stop altogether. Meanwhile, like David, I will still try to do what I can and will write a blog whenever I am able, but if you see these blogs slowly fade and eventually disappear, you’ll know why.
Nevertheless, one particular psalm and promise which has become a favorite of mine is Psalm 92 which reads in part: The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright. He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.” (verses 12-15) If God can do great things by way of the elderly, can you imagine what He can do with you? I pray you will have a heart like the prophet Isaiah. He wrote: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8)
God’s promise for today: (Psalm 103:12) As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.