I plan to start posting Saturday evenings when I am able, a “devotional” or motivational moment to prepare our hearts for worship with God’s people on Sundays. I find that the more prepared I am to worship God with His people the night before the better my focus is on Sunday morning in the service. I hope this refreshes your mind and heart too!
So, let’s look to God’s Word to prepare our hearts. Psalm 9 is a Psalm of David. It is a Psalm where David recounts God’s wonderful deeds toward him and to those who fear the LORD.
Here is what David writes in Psalm 9:9-11,
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
The wonderful truth about God is that He cares for the afflicted. David sure had seen his share of affliction, hadn’t he? King Saul had tried multiple times to kill him, the nations around Israel would attack David and his armies, and even David’s own son had tried to take his life! Yet, David recognizes the LORD as his shelter in the storm during times of trouble. He says in verse 10 that those who put their trust in the LORD will not be forsaken! What a great relief that is for the Christian! We are not forsaken when troubles, afflictions, and enemies surround us! Why? Well, we look to the crucifixion of Christ and see that he was forsaken by His Father while bearing the penalty for our sin. We’re forgiven because He was forsaken. We’re accepted while He was condemned. Amazing love! How can it be? That You, our King would die for us? We need not worry if God has forgotten us or has left us to perish. He cares for his sheep. He is the Good Shepherd after all. He will not forsake us.
Therefore, David calls the saints to sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in the heavenly places! We are to tell people of His mighty works! As we prepare our hearts tonight for worship tomorrow, look forward to telling the people in your church of God’s deeds that He is doing in your life as well as what He has done for His people in His Word from times past!
Tomorrow we get to sing with the saints the praises of the Living God! To him be the glory, the power, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.