Today in God’s Word
2 Samuel 7; 2 Corinthians 1; Ezekiel 15; Psalm 56-57
Today in Psalm 56 David declares his trust in God and he especially takes note that almighty God is “for him”. How amazing and how hopeful is such a thought that our great God is for us! Indeed, who can be against us (cf. Rom 8:31)? David’s sense of the grace of God and his sense that God smiles upon him is a source of great hope and confidence. This of course, depends upon the LORD’s wrath being covered and the reconciliation that makes an enemy a friend (cf. Rom 5:8-11).
“8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.” (Psalm 56:8–13, ESV)
The outcome David was looking for was not something other than God here. David hoped that he would “walk before God in the light of life”. May our goal in trials and in hardship be this pure. May our satisfaction in life be to walk before God, or said differently- that we would live in God’s presence. May our satisfaction be that we would live in his presence in the light of life, or said differently- may we live in God’s presence in this life on earth. David wanted to live his days in God’s presence. What David could not have known yet, was that God would send his Son as a man and he would be the light of men.
Beholding Jesus, devotion to Jesus, union with Christ is our access to the glory of God…
“6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, ESV)
Do we consciously walk in the presence of God in our daily lives? Or do we see the presence of God as something for the next life mainly? Do we seek to know our great God intimately in the here and now? John Owen suggested that if we do not desire the glory of God manifest in our lives now, then we will never see the glory of God later.
“No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter, who does not in some measure behold it by faith here in this world. Grace is a necessary preparation for glory, and faith for sight. Where the subject (the soul) is not previously seasoned with grace and faith, it is not capable of glory or vision. Nay, persons not disposed hereby to it cannot desire it, whatever they pretend; they only deceive their own souls in supposing that so they do.”…
“And the pretended desires of many to behold the glory of Christ in heaven, who have no view of it by faith whilst they are here in this world, are nothing but self-deceiving imaginations.”
Excerpt From: John Owen. “The Glory of Christ.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/1QLHU.l
May we walk each day before our great God in the light of life!
Soli Deo Gloria!