Sunday, June 17, 2012

Journey through the Psalms: The LORD Deals Bountifully

Psalm 13
How long, O LORD?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?  How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?  Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.  But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. 

There is no evidence in this particular Psalm that David had received victory over his enemies, just that they were prevailing over him.  And, yet, what is David's attitude?  He trusts in the steadfast love of the Lord.  He rejoices in God's salvation.  The part that struck me in this Psalm is that regardless of David's circumstances, which seem less than favorable here, he recognized that God had given bountifully to him. 

This week has been challenging for me in different ways, and I have to admit my attitude has not always been right.  It's so easy to allow myself to feel overwhelmed by unexpected troubles that I encounter, and yet, rather than complaining and grumbling, I should remember God's great bounty that He has so graciously given.  It's amazing how quickly a thankful spirit can cure a discontented or troubled heart.  

What ways has God dealt bountifully with you?


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