Monday, March 29, 2010

Great King of Grace!

"The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary. You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there. Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah! Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death." Psalms 68:17-20 (ESV)

Of this passage Spurgeon writes:

"Great King of grace, my heart subdue
I would be led in triumph too;
As a willing captive to my LORD
That I may own the conquests of His Word."

Have you thought about the great need that we have day upon day for grace? It is no small matter that the Lord daily bears us up. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, it is a fact. I have been stricken in my soul recently with a seriously weakening malady. It is difficult to describe. My best effort is that I am absolutely discontent with the state of my inner man. I have been vexed night after night with thoughts of missed opportunities, spiritual barrenness, spinning anxiety and emotional confusion. It is burdensome after a long period. Real rest will not come in this state. I needed to hear His still small voice, somehow amidst the crashing surf. After some determined rest and vital "cave" time with God, I heard it. It was in His Word. He had never left me, rather He is the One that set my course toward this storm of the soul. If God removes His protective hand but for a moment from our lives we shall spin out of control, despairing, cast down in our souls. It is the Lord that lifts us up, moment to moment. Now I know, better than ever, Who it is that bears us up daily. Oh to know Him more, this Great King of Grace!