2005-07-02 - God Does Judge
Psalm 7, Part 1
One of the most difficult things we have to deal with as believers is trusting in the Lord when it doesn't look like things are going the way we want them to. Too frequently, I equate my desires with the Lord's will. Over the years, it has been easy to fall into the trap of believing that because I am striving to be obedient to the Lord, He should meet my needs as I define them. When this does not happen, it can become easy to doubt.
The world tends to function in this same way. The non-believer takes the position there is either no God at all, or He is impotent. Because non-believers haven't seen God's judgment, or don't recognize it when they do, they assume He won't judge. The world sees the Lord as it wants to, not as He is. Unfortunately, we sometimes do that ourselves.
The fact of the matter is that God is in control. If circumstances don't conform to my desire, this is happening consistent with His will. The fact the others have strived to serve the Lord as He desires, and things haven't worked out the way they want, is because God has something better for them.
David understood that God is in control, and that He is trustworthy. David understood the nature of God. Because he did so, he could live in confidence and hope, even when circumstances worked against experiencing peace. We, too, need to have this same confidence in the trustworthiness of God. In Psalm 7, we will see that because we can have confidence in the Lord in one area, we can trust Him in all things. Because God is just, God will judge. Because God will judge, God is trustworthy in all things. And because we can trust Him, we can receive the gift of His peace.
1 Dahood, Mitchell, The Anchor Bible, "Psalms 1", Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1978, p. 40-41.
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