18 June 2020 - Psalm 60
18 June 2020
Today’s devotion is taken from
Who do you look to in times of crisis?
In this Psalm, David was clearly focusing on God alone for comfort, relief and salvation. He first reflected upon the displeasure in which God had been with Israel (verse 1). However, despite this, people of Israel prayed for restoration and salvation believing in God’s grace and mercy (verses 4 and 5). He then prayed for deliverance from their enemies and sang in hope of their victories over their enemies, emphasizing that only God Himself can give them victory, and not by human’s strength/ help.
Based on the above Psalm, we can learn a lot on how to handle or react when we are faced with a crisis in our life. We need to be continually reminded to resist the temptation toward a dependency on man (or ourselves) instead of God. David learned the truth that God alone is reliable and will give victory over and over again. When we are faced with a scary disease or crisis in our life, we should try not to fear the disease itself and let it take over our mind and soul so that it would drive us into a place of darkness, anxiety and even depression. We should instead look to God and rely on Him completely. 1 John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” When we experience God’s love in our lives as his son or daughter, we do not fear because He gives us confidence and security. The ability to live out His love is a sign of our faith in Him, and the way for us to follow his Will in order to gain eternal rewards.
While we cannot remove ALL fear in our lives, we can certainly rest in God and receive comfort and peace. One of the ways that may be helpful is by looking back into our lives and remembering all the blessings that God had given to us.
I’d like to share with you two songs that always help remind me that:
1) God is in control https://youtu.be/YVS6hTRgOOI ; and
that we are not alone,
whether it be in times of joy or trouble for He is the God of Hills and Valleys