“And me? I’m singing your prowess, shouting at cockcrow your largesse, For you’ve been a safe place for me, a good place to hide. Strong God, I’m watching you do it, I can always count on you— God, my dependable love.” Psalm 59:16
Me? I’m over here, singing.
Leaning back with a smile on my face.
Nothing’s gone wrong, you say? Ah no, plenty has gone wrong. No problems? Oh, enough and to spare.
I remember someone who used to shake her head sadly and quote that old line “Many -MANY- are the afflictions of the Righteous…” It’s true enough, but -speaking for myself- I sometimes get preoccupied with the oppression and opposition I face. Why so? It’s because sometimes they nag at me like a toothache, a constant and a persistent discomfort…
But the Psalmist is not just trying to “look on the bright side” and to cover up a million problems with a glib smile. Not at all. He has just discovered the second half of the verse: “Many are the afflcitions of the righteous, BUT the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
All of ’em.
It’s easy to lean back and smile when everything is going swimmingly, but when difficulties arise I have to watch my attitude.
Jesus came that I might have abundant life, right? So today I want to claim this scripture that there’s a way for me to enjoy life even when the going suddenly gets tough.
And me? I’m singing your prowess, shouting at cockcrow your largesse… Whatever anybody else does, I have to find this for myself. I’m not going to be dragged back by a whole roomful of depressed faces.
I can be joyful and positive no matter what comes my way because I am not facing this with my own resources, but looking to Him and His prowess, his largesse. For God has always been a safe place…[and] a good place to hide. (And sometimes, Lord, that’s exactly all I need), but more that that I can always count on you and when my strength is utterly depleted: I’m watching you do it. You do for me what I cannot do for myself.
Why? Because you’re Strong God, — God, my dependable love. The reason you can sleep in the storm is because Jesus has already won your battle, whatever it may be!
I’m watching you do it!