Not Forsaken - Saturday, May 20th 2017
1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
At the beginning of Psalm 13 David feels that God has forsaken him. Has that ever happened to you friend? Do you let your problems make you despondent, discouraged, and disillusioned. But that couldn't be further from the truth for those of us that have received the salvation of the Lord. We see David acknowledging this as he continues...
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
You see friend, when we accepted the sacrifice of Christ we received the forgiveness of sins and the promise that we'd never be forsaken by God. Jesus ultimately experienced separation from Father God for the first time on that cross on our behalf when He cried out "my God my God why have you forsaken me?" Now, once we realize in our heads and hearts this reality, our trust in His mercy causes us to rejoice in our salvation! Our eyes can now be enlightened by the Spirit of God to see how rich we truly are in Christ. Count those blessings friend and allow the Lord to encourage you with all He has done for you!
Life Lesson: Sometimes we forget what we should we remember, (the good done by someone, by others, sometimes by us) and remember what we should forget (the wrongs done by someone, by others, sometimes by us).
Lord, thank You for enduring all things for me on the cross. Thank You for never leaving or forsaking me. Please give me the power to remember the blessings that You have poured out into my life through Christ and help me to walk after You with joy. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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