Last night my family and I went to Calvary Baptist Church for services. It was a wonderful evening. Pastor Randy Glenn had my wife sing several songs and I was privileged to lead the congregational singing. What an awesome night!
Pastor Glenn mentioned in his message Psalm 23:1. I love this Psalm. I truly loved his focus.We do not want because the LORD is my shepherd. Amen! Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
This verse goes right with my thoughts these past few days. You could mix Psalm 23 and our text in II Samuel 9 and say, “All because of another I shall not want.” Our God is also our provider. Look at II Samuel 9:7, “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”
Mephibosheth could not provide for himself. He relied on others. In salvation we cannot provide it for ourselves. It took the sinless sacrifice of Jesus to pay for our sin and satisfy God’s holiness. “The LORD is my shepherd. I shall not want.”
I had the privilege of attending a revival meeting at another Church recently. It was a good meeting. I found myself sitting in the second row of chairs back from the platform. My hearing is not what it used to be, so I try to sit closer occasionally.
It was interesting. My cousin was leading the congregational music as it was at their home Church. As I sat there I glanced around and noticed that I was the only one in the row of chairs. When my cousin finished his responsibilities he took his seat next to me. I appreciated that.
The next night I sat in the same place. Another man; who is a dear friend, came and sat next to me. I don’t think he just did that. I think he on purpose sat there. I appreciate that too. Nobody wants to be alone, normally.
I felt important sitting there with these men making a definite effort to come sit with me. I know that I am nobody special. These two made me feel special by such a small act of kindness. They made my cup run over. Look at Psalm 23:5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
I cannot tell you the number of times in my life that I have seen God provide miraculously. The other evening a friend was helping me load some of my aunt’s things into our van so that I could take them to the mission. He said when he left me he was going shopping for a microwave because the one that his family used had ceased to work.
I told him to hold on. I went to the van and pulled out our microwave from the van that we were sending to the mission. He took it home and everyone has been very happy with their new microwave. The best part was that God allowed us to meet the need of a family that is dear to us.
It is no accident that God put on my heart to call this man. It is no coincidence that we had traded microwaves and ours was in the van. It did not just happen that less than two hours before this family experienced a need for a microwave. God orchestrated all of these details and we needed to see Him working in them. I am reminded of the words of Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I believe this with all of my heart. I have seen Him provide miraculously too many times not to believe it.
Today I would like to talk about “The Secret Place Of Safety”. Look at I Samuel 19:2, “But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:”
The phrase “secret place” means to cover. I think about when tornadoes are approaching we are instructed to go into an interior bathroom or closet and take a mattress with us to cover our head and body. This is a secret place of safety.
You and I have the wrong view of trials. We see them as “God is doing this to me.” The way we really need to see it is that “God is doing this for me.” Someone said, “What does not kill us makes us stronger.” This statement is true. Yet in the midst of trials we have a “secret place” where we can be covered.
In order to have access to this “secret place” we must be born again. We must be a child of God. If you trust Christ today He will not make all the bad things in your life stop. What He will do is let you see things from His perspective and that will revolutionize your life. I promise.
Three days ago I received phone calls from family members that my Grandmother and cousin and one of her children were stranded with a broken down vehicle. I was the closest family member so I went and sat with them. I went through a drive-in and got them all a sandwich, fries and a drink. God had blessed me with some extra earlier that week so I paid their tow bill for them and swore the driver to secrecy. It made my heart warm to know that I could do something for someone that could not repay me. I had checked with my wife and she agreed that it was the Christ-like thing to do.
Yesterday evening my wife called me and said that the cashier at the local K-Mart did not ring up a package of “ROLO” candies that our son had purchased. I was out near the store so I stopped in and paid for it. They thought I was nuts! The cashier had to ask her superior at the service desk what to do. She told her to scan another package and let me pay for it and then to put it back on the shelf to sell (that was my thought too). This made such an impact on three employees and a store patron. It gave me the opportunity to share a gospel tract with with the young cashier. She was smiling from ear to ear when I gave it to her. My guess is that she will read it because of what she witnessed first hand last night.
I do not share this to pump up me or my wife. I share this to show you; my reader, that it is the little things in life that lead to bigger things. Because of our honesty three people will have something to lend credence to the gospel message that was shared. I praise God for this opportunity!
God has so blessed us that I did not want to lose His rich blessings over less than a dollar worth of candy. Look at Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
I would like to continue our thoughts today that we started yesterday. Look at Deuteronomy 32:11, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:”
Today we will look at the phrase, “fluttereth over her young,”. The word “fluttereth” means to brood; by implication, to be relaxed and can be translated flutter, move, shake. When a storm comes the eagle will get the eaglets around her in such a way that they get covered over by her wings. It is their protection of the young eaglets. The parents provide shelter in the time of a storm.
God will do the same for you and I. Look at Psalm 91:4, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” What an awesome picture of God’s protection of His children. God loves you and I so much that He cares for us and gives us the example of the eagle to show us.
As you parent your child with special needs you have a great responsibility placed upon you. Remember that God; in His plan, hand picked you to parent this child or children. It helps tremendously to get the right perspective on this first. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it (whatever “it” is). Keep watch over God’s special people.
On Sunday my Pastor Al Ray preached a great message in which the past few days I have been sharing his main points with you and adding my own commentary (Yes, I received permission.)
He related a story of a woman traveling on business. Her cab ran late due to driver inability to go the correct direction. She ran into the airport to check in and found that her flight has been delayed. She then purchases a “Kit Kat” bar and sits down with her stuff stacked on the table next to her. She turns away and turns back to find a rather large, rough looking man eating her “Kit Kat” bar. She is so angered that she reaches over and grabs a piece of it. The man breaks off another piece. This plays out until it is gone. The man goes and gets another. As he begins to enjoy it, the lady grabs another piece as she is thinking, “We ate mine. Now we can eat yours.” The entire scenario plays out again. The woman’s flight arrives and as she is gathering her belongings to board the plane she spots her “Kit Kat” in her purse. She never said a word.
I shared this lengthy story because I want to look at God’s provision. We need to trust in His presence, His provision, His promises, and His person. That is the four days all rolled up into one.
Having been near the bottom of the barrel many times over the past twenty years I understand about God’s provision. There have been times that it seemed that the end was not just near; but, upon us. Then God in His miraculous way came through again to provide.
Our problem is that we have no idea the difference between our wants and our needs. We need daily food to live. We need oxygen to live. I want an eight thousand dollar digital camera. I want a five bedroom house in a steady climate of sixty-eight degrees every day of the year. See the difference.
Some people want something to eat. Some people want a warm bed to sleep in. What are your wants and what are your needs? Do you know the difference? Jesus knows our deepest needs and wants to provide them for us. He will provide our needs and He can transform our wants to be His wants. There is the “pay dirt”. God make my wants Your wants!
In John 14 and the last part of verse two He puts it this way: John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” That is the provision of God and we can bank on it!