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Not Forsaken

June 18, 2019

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Not Forsaken

There are times  when a person can feel  like no one else gives a hoot about them.     We can even feel forsaken  by God Almighty — the one who created us;  loves us;  sustains us;  and the one who suffered and died and rose again  for our eternal salvation.     But,  feelings are feelings,  and are not necessarily connected  to the truth.

No matter what our afflictions may be  in this world,  the truth is  that God is faithful  in His love and salvation  for all who look to Him.     That’s what King David was expressing  in Psalm 9:10,  when he sang  about his relationship  with the Lord.     He wrote,

And those who  know Thy name  will  put their trust  in Thee;    
For Thou,  O LORD,  hast  not forsaken  those  who seek Thee.

There’s a treasure-trove of trust here.     It comes  in progressive steps.     First of all,  a person needs to know the name  of the Lord.     That is much more than just remembering,  “Oh, they call Him Lord and God.”     Actually knowing the  “name”  of the LORD  includes remembering all the things written  about Him  in the Bible.     We remember  that He is the One who promised a Savior,   led Abraham,  Isaac  and Jacob,  delivered Israel  from slavery in Egypt,  won all sorts of battles  for them,  kept His promise  of a Savior  in Jesus Christ,  etc., etc., etc.     One could go on and on  remembering God’s power and faithfulness  in keeping His promises  down through the ages.

All of that history tells us  who God really is — His name — what He is like — and the value  of having a personal relationship  with Him.     In others words,  the LORD is the God who really knows how  to love us  in all holiness.     Knowing that God is faithful  and can surely be trusted  is the same as knowing His name.     Do we know His name?

Then the second treasure is realizing  that we can really trust the LORD  because His love is proven.     We don’t trust  just any ol’ body.     The people we trust have shown they can be trusted.     God has shown  He can be trusted,  so His faithfulness is a part  of His name.

Then our third treasure is,  “For Thou,  O LORD,  hast not forsaken  those who seek Thee.”     Not only will the Lord be faithful to us  when we seek Him,  but He is searching for us  right now.     In Luke 15:1-7,  Jesus tells the parable  of the shepherd  searching for His one lost sheep.     He searches until He finds it  and then,  according to Luke 15:5-7,

And when he has found it,  he lays it on his shoulders,  rejoicing.     And when he comes home,  he calls together his friends and his neighbors,  saying to them,  ‘Rejoice with me,  for I have found my sheep  which was lost!’

I tell you  that in the same way,  there will be more joy  in heaven  over one sinner  who repents,  than over ninety-nine righteous persons  who need no repentance.

We are not  “forsaken“.     But,  we are being sought out.     Let us call out  to our Lord and seek Him,  so that He may carry us  on His strong shoulders,  rejoicing.

Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is so good  to know Your name  and be so encouraged  to trust in You.     Knowing that You will not forsake us  as we seek You  is a marvelous truth.     Blessed be Your love  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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