Encouragements for our troubled times No. 65
COVID-19 Series | Date: 17 June 2021
The Elders and Deacons want to encourage the members and those who regularly meet with us through this weekly letter. If you have news which you would be happy to share with the fellowship or request for prayer, then please let us know.
A message from our Pastor
“When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.”
When the day is over and we are ready for bed what do we do? Do we climb into bed and go to sleep, or do we spend some time reflecting on the day and thanking God for His mercies to us? From this Psalm, it is clear what King David does. After a stressful day of diplomacy and intrigue, dealing with a situation where there are those who seek his life, to destroy it (vs 9-10), he spends time meditating on the day and praying to his God;” When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” We should always try to make some time at the end of each day to meditate on what God has done for us and to seek Him in prayer.
When David set himself to meditate on the Lord, what did he find? “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” He found that he had cause to rejoice for the Lord had been his help and hidden him in the shadow of His wings. People sought his life, to destroy it; but the Lord had protected him and helped him through the danger. Now we may not have those who are seeking our life, but we do have problems and difficulties and, maybe, dangers that we have to cope with day by day. But, like David we know He will be our help and protector; and at the end of each day, we will have cause to rejoice in Him.
Having reflected on how God has helped him and protected him during this trying day, David makes this commitment to the Lord, “my soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.” David knows that he can have no better companion by his side than the Lord, who upholds him by His right hand of power. Therefore, each day, David will walk with the Lord and stay close to Him, from whence comes his help. Meditating upon our God and His help to us helps us to approach the next day in faith and determination to stick close by Him. Do we end each day more determined to stick close by our God, to walk with Him, and trust in His right hand to uphold us no matter what we might face?