David’s life began as a young shepherd boy keeping watch over his father’s flock as they grazed along the hillsides of Judea. Being the youngest son of Jesse, he was the one chosen by God to be the next king of Israel. The current king, Saul, showed great jealousy over the selection of David before the end of his reign had taken place, attempting to pin David to the wall of his palace with a javelin not once, but twice on two different occasions (1 Samuel 18-19).
The Psalms are the writings of David as he experienced life as a shepherd boy and also as a man on the run, for his life, from the king. Throughout the Psalms David’s emotions are on full display, from triumphant in victories over the lion and bear attacking the flock and the defeat of Goliath, to the despair he felt in the forced separation from his best friend Jonathan, King Saul’s son. There were those who hailed David as victor for his acts of valor, and those in confederate with King Saul who sought to fulfill the King’s wishes in seeing David’s demise.
Many of David’s Psalms begin with hopelessness and despair but find their way to praising God for His goodness, faithfulness, longsuffering, deliverance, and/or salvation before their conclusion. David’s answer in Psalm 42 to being cast down and disquieted was to “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (v.11).
Psalm 3 “LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me,” (v.1). “Arise, O LORD, save me… Salvation belongeth unto the Lord,” (vs.7-8).
Psalm 12 “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth,” (v.1). “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth,” (v.6).
Psalm 35 “Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me,” (v.1). “My soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His salvation,” (v.9).
Psalm 56 “Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up,” (v.1). “In God will I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me,” (v.11).
The act of abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court of the United States of America on January 22, 1973. Since that fateful day 45 years ago over 60 million U.S. citizens have been denied their Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
When those living near Babylon wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower that would reach unto heaven, their language was changed and the people were scattered (Genesis 11:1-9). When wicked Haman wanted to make a name for himself by killing all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire, he was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for another (Esther 3-7). When Judas desired to make a name for himself by selling Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, he went out and hanged himself (Matthew 26; 27:1-10).
When God makes a name of someone, an Ark is built to save mankind and the animal kingdom, as with a man named Noah (Genesis 6-8). When God makes a name of someone, a nation is built that numbers the stars of heaven, as with Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6). When God makes a name of someone, a man and young woman become the earthly father and mother of Jesus, as were Joseph and Mary (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38). When God makes a name of someone, a man intent on destroying God’s people becomes the greatest missionary to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and the writer of the majority of the New Testament, as did the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-18). When God makes a name of someone it is life-changing for the entire world.
For those who in their own mind try to deny the existence of God, Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications speaks with several willing participants of the Truths of God’s Creation and His Word, showing them the fallacy of their thinking. Transformation takes place for some as they begin to clearly see the error of their way and consider what they had refused to understand before. A powerful presentation with breathtaking views of God’s Creation, “The Atheist Delusion” uncovers the root of atheistic belief.
During Sanctity of Life Month what a wonderful testimony of Marlana VanHoose to sing the beloved hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” during the pre-inaugural prayer service held in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. Young Marlana, who was born blind and diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, has trusted Christ as her Savior and says she has no need to see while here on Earth because she knows the first face she will ever look upon will be JESUS’ in Heaven.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him:
- Refrain his tongue from evil
- Refrain his lips that they speak no guile (deceit)
- Hate evil
- Do good
- Seek peace
- Pursue peace
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
I Peter 3:10-12