Daily D – 1 Samuel 26:24
Now may the LORD value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles. 1 SAMUEL 26:24 (NLT)
There are moments of desperation when even prayerless souls pray. No doubt this pandemic has stirred many hearts into humble recognition of their powerlessness against such a vicious foe. When there are no cures, no remedies, no vaccines, where do we go?
David went to God. Again and again, he turned to God in prayer. Scan the book of Psalms and see how many times he sought God’s deliverance. Hear how God in his mercy and kindness saved him. Peruse Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, 54, 69 to start. Listen to 34:4:
I sought the LORD,
and he answered me
and rescued me from all
When doctors bear bad news, go to God. When your employer says your job has been eliminated, go to God. When threats multiply and opportunities wither, go to God.
Today’s verse says, “May he (God) rescue me from all my troubles.” God did just that. He did that again and again for David. He has done that for many across the ages. He has done that for you. He will do that for you again.
To be sure, this is no bargaining session. “Dear God, save me and I will . . .” There is nothing to fill in that blank that motivates and animates the heart of God. He is already poised to do for you what only he can do. He is simply waiting for you to realize you have come to the end of yourself, that you cannot rescue yourself.
Our Father in heaven wants to give you his gift of eternal life. Yes, these bodies wear down and die. Yet the very essence of who we are does not. Those who trust Jesus for salvation, who fall asleep in death, awaken to an eternal day in what R. G. Lee called, “The most beautiful place the mind of God can imagine and the hand of God can create.” Mountains? Oceans? Forests? Starry skies? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Today is a good day to pray, “Rescue me from all my troubles. Forgive me for my sin. I want to live, really live. I want to know and experience you.” Jesus is more ready to answer such a prayer than we ever could be to pray it. Our Father in heaven loves you with an everlasting love. He wants to save you from all your troubles.
I will seek God’s solutions to all my troubles.
Our Father, you know my fears. You know my needs. I need you. Rescue me from all my troubles. Deliver me from evil. Save me in your everlasting love. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.