Today’s post comes from Sarah Buss, Children’s Minister at C3 Church.
As we near the end of our 21 Day Challenge, we are reading through Psalms 110-118 today.
Today’s Key Scripture: Psalm 116:1-7
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
My two-year old son, Miller, is an old soul. He could be one of the mellowest, most chill kids that God ever created. His idea of a good time is watching Disney Junior while rubbing the soles of his bare feet. He is a romantic at heart, saving himself for Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”. Those who know him, joke that he is like an old man trapped in a toddler’s body. All in all, the little guy is pretty mild mannered.
For Christmas this year Miller received some Spiderman pajamas. These are not just any pair of superhero sleepwear. Oh no…this set has webs that span from both armpits to both wrists. When Miller is dressed in these pajamas his personality takes flight, literally. He is no longer “Old Man Miller.” Rather, he becomes “Miller Man,” the superhero. Because of what he is wearing, he actually believes he is Spiderman, clothed in all the strength and courage of the famous comic book hero. On any random night in our house, you can observe Miller running circles through the rooms of our first floor, donned in his superhero wear. His arms are flung back behind him, webs blowing, as he darts around, screaming “Good Guys!”
Many of us live life like “Old Man Miller.” When the enemy rears his puny head our way, we just sit back and distract ourselves rather than dressing our minds in the powerful truth of God’s Word. We romanticize about better days rather than taking responsibility for the part we play in the present. But we don’t have to be passive. We have far more strength that lives in our hearts, than Miller experiences when he wears his superhero pajamas. If we would simply dress ourselves with truths such as those found in this Psalm, we too could take on any “bad guy” that comes our way.
I love the promises in these verses. The psalmist begins by reminding us in v2 that God hears us. In fact, it says that He actually bends His ear towards us. This indicates that His desire is to be close to us in our time of need. The truth is that He already knows everything, but I think He delights in hearing us call to Him and ask Him for help.
Next this scripture teaches us that the truth of God’s light will demolish any and every darkness in our lives. The writer of this Psalm was entangled in death, but as soon as he called out to God things changed. What was once shrouded in death was now covered in the grace and compassion of His loving Father. When we call on God in a time of need, the situation may not change, but we can be confident that the atmosphere surrounding it will be changed. Further, when God’s compassion, grace and protection enter the situation, we too will be changed.
The last two verses in this portion of Psalm 116 are my favorite. Here the psalmist takes time to remember God’s faithfulness in his past. In doing so, he is able to find refreshment and rest. Our gaze, in times of trial, needs not be on the present-day circumstance, but rather on God’s favor and faithfulness in our past. Moreover, we must speak this to our souls, just as the psalmist chose to do.
May 2015 be a year in which we choose to take action and live under the authority and strength of the One True Superhero, our God. May His Word clothe us with power to take on any “bad guy” that may come our way. May we live less days like “Old Man Miller” and more like “Miller Man,” the superhero, as we take advantage of God’s promises.
Prayer Focus: Are you living life more like “Old Man Miller” or “Miller Man” the superhero? What areas in your life desperately need to be awakened to the light that is found only in God’s Word? Ask God to illuminate these Psalms to you personally, and then declare them and apply them over your situation. Watch and praise God for being the only real superhero in this world.