But—a tiny, three-letter word that can rob us of so many blessings.
A tiny three-letter word that allows us to choose: Do we or don't we? What excuse can we use to avoid doing what we don't want to do? "I'd love to help, but I'm too busy." "I wish I could come, but I need to clean house." (You'll never hear me use that one!)
Do we choose to trust God when He calls us to serve or do we hide behind our insecurities? 'I know God is calling me, but..." 'I know I should serve, but..."In our minds, we are thinking, 'I'm not capable." 'I'm not deserving." 'God could never use me."
This was my limited definition of this word until God led me to Psalm 59. Let me bore you for a second by setting the stage. David is trapped in his house by Saul's army, who surround him, wanting to kill him. Just like we would, David pleads with God to deliver him.
Deliver me from my enemies, O God. Psalm 59:1a
See how they lie in wait for me. Psalm 59:3a
As the Psalm goes on, David says ‘But..." and shows us that he chooses faith over anger or hopelessness.
But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you scoff at all those nations. Psalm 59:8
In the face of overwhelming odds, David chose to have faith in God's power. No One can overcome God! The men who desire to kill him are laughable in God's eyes.
In the face of overwhelming circumstances, we can choose to cower in fear or to trust in God's mighty power. He might reveal His power by bringing us through to a greater faith or He might deliver us victoriously. No matter what happens, we must choose whether or not we will trust in God.
But do not kill them, O Lord, our shield.Psalm 59:11a
How amazing is that! David chooses to trust in the Lord's judgment rather than ask Him wipe them off the map right in front of his eyes!
How many times have we craved to take vengeance into our own hands! How many times have we begged God to mush our enemies flat and to let us watch! Like David, we can choose to set our hatred aside and trust God to judge them—when He chooses and how He chooses. It's difficult to leave vengeance to the Lord but, when we make that choice, He begins to heal the hatred.
And now, for the most incredible 'but" of all:
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love. Psalms 59:16a
David's circumstances hadn't changed, even though he begged God to deliver Him. Every morning, when he peered out his window, he was still surrounded by men who wanted to kill him. Even so, David chose to praise God for His strength and to begin each day trusting God's love.
It seems almost impossible to sing and praise God when we are in the midst of difficulties and trials. We often forget that we have a choice how we react. How can we sing of God's strength when it seems that the enemy is winning? Why should we sing of God's love when we feel like He has abandoned us?
In truth, we do not have the strength to praise and sing in the face of tragedy—on our own. If we express our desire to trust in Him, God will empower us to do just that. He will lift our focus from our circumstances onto His face. When we choose to stop dwelling in our fear and misery, we can sin praises to God! Sing away, dear friends!
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will
sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6