Sometimes we just need somewhere to go in the Word of God that can cover all eventualities. Words that will encourage us regardless of how life is – good, bad or ugly.
Psalm 18 does that for me…
He is the place to go: When I feel lost, lonely, overwhelmed, confused or any other kind of emotion I am encouraged that ‘The Lord is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, the one in whom I take refuge, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold’ [v1-2]
He hears: When I cry out to God, bringing my prayers and petitions to Him I am encouraged that ‘He hears my voice’ [v6]
He rewards: When I live by the word of God, putting God front and centre in my life and my behaviours I am encouraged that ‘The Lord deals with me according to my righteousness, the cleanness of my hands, keeping His ways, staying blameless’ [v20-24]
He is gracious and fair: When I may not always find it easy to behave this way I am thankful and encouraged that ‘God shows Himself merciful, blameless, pure, humble to those who are the same’ [v25-26]
He makes us conquerors: When get stuck it is good to know that with God all things are possible. I love that nothing can get in the way of Gods love for me. I am encouraged that with God ‘I can run against a troop and leap over a wall’ [v29]
He makes us all that we need to be: When I make the decision to live wholeheartedly for God then I am positioned well to get everything I need from God to become the person He needs me to be. I am encouraged that ‘God equips me, clears my way, sets me right, makes me sure, trains me, gives me what I need, provides a wide open space for me to live [v32-36]
When King David wrote this, he did not know about Jesus, he just knew about the God of Israel, yet that was more than enough for him. God was all this for him in the same way that Jesus can now be all this for you and for me.
As I often say, I don’t care if this is too simplistic. I like simple. It works for me. It helps me to stay strong in my relationship with my Saviour. I am encouraged and thankful for the Word of God and the amazing truths that are there for me, if I just take time to discover them and know them.