Greater is He that is in You!

17 Oct

Psalm 86 is a special and spectacular psalm. The truth of each verse, some more than others, can meet the needs of my heart and speak peace and comfort to my emotions during difficult times.

I’ll readily confess that I love the psalms. Not only is David one of my favorite characters and authors of the Bible but he is to me a great example of a spiritual hero. He experienced struggle, pain, and rejection in his life yet he found the grace and strength to press on and live for the Saviour. He readily opened his heart and emotions to the Lord and would cry out his complaint. Yes – he looked for revenge for his enemies; he would feel overwhelmed; he expressed his every thought; and he would confess every emotion. Yet, he found the power to leave all of his situations and circumstances in the Lord’s hands.

Have you ever noticed that many of his psalms would start out with his fleshly reactions towards a situation but by the end of the chapter he had a change of heart? He cried to the Lord and found His fulfillment in Him alone. We can too! We are given the promise that if we draw near to the Lord, He will draw near to us.

David knew God was loving and kind from experience. He had sinned in great ways and had paid the consequences of his actions. He saw the mercy of God demonstrated in his life in amazing ways.  He put his faith in a God that He knew would carry him through. He chose to trust God in the midst of confusion and weariness. He believed to see the goodness of God. Is it not a wonder that Jehovah described him as a “man after his own heart”?

In a brief summary of Psalm 86, we see that David was quick to admit that he was “poor and needy”. Those who recognize their unworthiness are the ones who are the most blessed. Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” He knew that God would preserve his soul from wickedness and evil for he was holy in the sight of God. Even though he could not comprehend the magnitude of God’s goodness, forgiveness, and mercy, David knew it was always available to him. In days of trouble, he chose to call upon God knowing that his Lord and Saviour would answer him. He praised and extolled the name of Jehovah and knew there was none in comparison; he was great and capable of wondrous things. David wanted to be instructed in the ways of God and he promised to walk in His truth as his heart became united with his Lord. He was steadfast in giving praise and honor and glory to the King of Kings no matter what. Why? He had experienced the great mercy of God when he was saved from the “lowest hell”. Sure, his heart was in turmoil seeing his enemies rise against him but he was at peace. God was full of compassion. How could he not trust him completely? David longed for God to be pleased with him and desired a special token of good to be granted to him so that

his enemies would see the blessing and be ashamed before God because of the state of their heart and evil intentions. Ultimately, he wanted others to see how much God had helped him, comforted him, and loved him in his distress and pain.

When we are caught in an “ocean of emotion” (especially us girls! 🙂 ) or we are working through strenuous, trying times in our life, can we cry aloud our complaint to God but at the same time be surrendered to Him and leave it in His hands? Can we trust the Lord to work ALL things together for good? Can we remain faithful and true and continue to press on showing the world that “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”? If David can we can because we serve the same God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Let’s live to be women after God’s own heart!

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3 Responses to “Greater is He that is in You!”

  1. Rachel October 18, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Sarah, you have no idea how this post has ministered to my heart today. 🙂 I have been in a storm of emotions and circumstances this week, for various reasons. I am on medication right now because I recently learned I have thyroid disease. It’s not physically straining exactly, but it does ware on my emotional side, as the meds affect my hormones and emotions a lot.

    I know I need to look to God “from whence cometh my help”, but it’s still hard. Your words have reminded me of things that I had forgotten (especially the “greater is He that is in you” verse). I am continually having to keep giving my life back to God this week, and put myself in His loving hands. I just so appreciate your sharing this. 😀 Thank you so much! I feel better now after reading this. 🙂

    God Bless you dear sister in the Lord!
    ~Rachel~

  2. Anna October 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    “Can we cry aloud our complaint to God but at the same time be surrendered to Him and leave it in His hands?”

    This is something I am definitely still learning! Thanks for your meditations on this chapter, Sara. I also liked how you tied it in with Matt. 5:3; I was meditating on that verse in church this morning.

  3. elianna m October 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    Beautiful, Sara! Your posts are always such an inspiration to me! I love the Psalms.
    Thanks SO much for taking the time to pass along what the Lord shows you! It is a true blessing.

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