Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Are You On Top?

Psalm 30:6-7
6Now in my prosperity I said, "I shall never be moved." 7Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
Psalm 30 is called "The Blessedness of Answered Prayer." The NKJV Study Bible says it is a dedication of the house of David. It cannot be taken for granted that God answers prayer. What if God didn't answer you? Where would you be? David specifically said  "now in my prosperity I said I shall never be moved." When you are top you profess a lot of things. When you have it all, you profess a lot of things. But what about when the storm comes? In Proverbs the Word says that one who trusts in his riches will fall. Why? Number one because the Word says riches are fleeting and like a bird, they sprout wings and fly away. You can't always buy your way out of something.  Only God has the power and authority to save. God determines how long your days shall last. And the Word talks about the one who is strong until adversity comes has little faith. Again, when you are on top, it is easy to say how much faith you have. But where is your faith when trouble arises? David admitted that whatever he had, God did it. And he also admitted that the moment trouble came, he was troubled because it felt as though the Lord hid his face. David fell very ill but when his prayer was answered he was grateful. Many know of the last portion of verse 5. "Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning." Get Your JOY In The Morning is actually based from Psalm 30. But the entirety of verse 5 is what is important. His anger is but for a moment. And yes, God can get angry. Favor is mentioned twice between verses 5-7. Anything you and I have is because of the Lord's favor. And for me, verse 5 is personal. Because I wept a lot during my near death experience. I cried out before the Lord on my knees begging and pleading for my life. But just like David, I knew that I had not done right before the Lord and wanted a second chance and needed Him not to turn His face from me. See, the JOY in the title of the devotionals stands for Jesus On You because it is He and only He that brought me through. And it was His desire for the Word to go forth. The Word says that the joy of the Lord is your strength. The Word says to delight in the joy of His salvation. Seeking the joy that comes from knowing the Lord keeps you sane when things get insane. Are you on top? Do you know that what you have is because of the Lord's favor? Have you ever hit a storm? Where was your faith in that storm? Have you ever wept through a storm? Did it seem like God hid his face from you?