Genuine Gladness  


 

Psalm 4

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress,” Psalm 4:1.

Some of David’s actions were of the flesh and not at all godly. However, God’s Spirit witnessed to his spirit that he was a child of God and heir to special privileges. When David was convicted of his sin he poured out his heart to his Creator, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: . . . Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight” (Psalm 51:3, 4).

One of my favorite teachers, Brother Ray Brooks, often quoted an old chimney corner proverb. “It’s not how a man falls that qualifies him as a man. It is how he gets up that defines his character.” David was constantly at war with Israel’s enemies, and he consulted with God so much that his warriors considered David’s prayer and clout with God as part of the army’s battle strategy.

David did not measure God’s love for him by answered prayers or by God’s giving an abundance of good things. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:7, 8).

Leave it in God’s hands; sleep in peace and wake up thanking Him for another day to live for Him, not knowing what is in store, whether good or bad. David would be the first to admit that living by faith is hard on the flesh. But, it is the only life that brings gladness to the soul. In God’s eyes everything is right on track. Hold on tight!

 

IN OTHER WORDs

God is on His throne and all is right with the world.

Robert Brock

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