“I shall maintain my faithful love for him always, my covenant with him will stay firm.” Psalm 89:28From the moment the Lord called David to be His Anointed, he had to pass through tremendous troubles. Even though David’s life was in constant peril, the Spirit of God always protected him. For his part, David stayed faithful to his God through thick and thin. After several rounds of trials, the Lord testified that he found in David a man after His own heart. He then made an everlasting covenant with David, and gave him a great promise: His faithful love was never to leave David, and His covenant with him and his descendants was to endure till the sun and moon would fail. If we stay faithful to the Lord, the Lord too will be faithful to us!
“Do not lose your fearlessness now, then, since the reward is so great.” Hebrews 10:35Fearlessness characterises a genuine disciple, who courageously follows the Crucified Christ, mostly all alone, being deserted by family and friends. But he walks the royal road of the Cross like a prince behind his King, and his joy and peace do not falter. But as struggles press on, it could happen that his resolve become weary. The Apostle encourages us, as true disciples of Christ, never to lose our fearlessness, reminding us that if we succeed in resolutely overcoming trials, persecutions and slander with the help of our faith, the reward which is kept for us in Heaven is something very great indeed. How happy we are if we are deserted by all, and yet fearlessly able to follow the Crucified Christ!
“When wisdom comes into your heart and knowledge fills your soul with delight, then prudence will be there to watch over you, and understanding will be your guardian.” (Proverbs 2:10-11)There are many gifts which God bestows on those who win His favour. The first is the wisdom from above, which proceeds from fear of the Lord. The second is holy knowledge which is bestowed on those with wisdom and fills us with heavenly delights. Those with wisdom and knowledge further receive prudence, which keeps a strict watch over every external and internal movement proceeding from human thought, intellect or will - nothing escapes the prudent. Finally, understanding crowns those with wisdom, knowledge and prudence and guards the soul, ensuring all it’s precious treasures and jewels of wisdom and knowledge are always kept secure.
“Such a one is like a tree planted near streams; it bears fruit in season and its leaves never wither, and every project succeeds.” Psalm 1:3The Word of God is a running stream, bringing the graces and blessings of God in whatever land it flows. The tree planted by the side of this river of blessings is one who meditates daily on the Word and makes it his delight. Such a person will bear the fruit of the Spirit in due time. His leaves of faith, through which he draws in the abundance of God’s grace never wither, and the blessing of God is upon His every undertaking.
“Lord , I love the beauty of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” Psalm 26:8The Psalmist tasted the indescribable sweetness of the Lord’s love, so pure and so faithful. Having experienced God and His tremendous love, he had but one desire: to seek and do what would bring joy to God. How precious did the house of God appear to the Psalmist! In God’s Holy Temple he often beheld very closely the glory of the Lord, the vision of which lifted his mind far above any earthly care or preoccupation.
Who has been through this test and emerged perfect? He may well be proud of that! Who has had the chance to sin and has not sinned, had the chance to do wrong and has not done it?” Sirach 31:10While we are in the world, we are offered a chance to become perfect. This is by firmly refusing to commit sin in spite of the many opportunities that may present themselves to us through various means and ways. We can boldly pass through this test if we have the Grace of God, and if God’s love is in us, we will never give in to the temptations of the Evil One.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge.” Psalm 18:2What an impregnable and invincible source of strength and refuge was the Lord for the Psalmist! The Lord was his rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, saving strength, stronghold, place of refuge and more. We need to ask ourselves if we too experience the protection and power of God in our lives. We will indeed experience His deliverance if we cling to Him in love and acknowledge His Name while passing through the fiery trials of life.
“How blessed are those who live in Your house; they shall praise You continually.” Psalms 84:4One of the greatest blessings we can ever receive is the invitation to spend our days in the House of the Lord. The blessings and happiness that accompany such a beautiful and exalted vocation are immense - the Psalmist describes them in this beautiful verse! The praise that they sing in the Lord’s House continues till the end of their lives here on earth, and afterwards continues till the end of time!
“But joy and happiness in you to all who seek you. Let them ceaselessly cry, 'God is great', who love your saving power.” Psalms 70:4To all who seek God - the highest good, come joy and happiness. It is however, so unfortunate that we spend so much of our time and energy seeking lesser things. Even though God has blessed us with an intellect to feel and seek Him out, we seldom use it to seek Him, but rather employ it in modelling counterfeit gods. But to those who have found and serve the Only True God and His Son Jesus Christ, endless songs of gladness!
“Seeing their faith he said, 'My friend, your sins are forgiven you.” Luke 5:20It is important to note that the first words the Lord spoke to the paralysed man in return for his faith and the faith of his companions were words of forgiveness and not of healing. Healing followed forgiveness of sin, and not the other way round. Let us too, seek forgiveness of sins from the Lord by means of our faith before seeking any other miracles from Him.