Posted: Thursday, August 8
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Verse of the day
I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
(Psalm 30:1, NLT)
Psalm 30 was written, by King David, to be used at the inauguration of a building project (either his palace or the Temple). Yet, David said nothing about the building itself. Instead, he focused on God and the greatness of His deliverance.
David recognized that his safety and station were gifts from God. Although David was a man of action, he knew that even his greatest accomplishments were blessings from the Lord. Consequently, in verse 1, he shared two of his reasons to exalt the Lord.
(1) The Lord rescued him. The verbal phrase “you rescued me” refers “to draw up out of the water.” David was saying: “Because of my disobedience, I found myself at the bottom of a well with no hope of ever getting out; but the Lord reached down and rescued me. So I will exalt Him!”
(2) The Lord kept him safe. The sentence “You refused to let my enemies triumph over me” implies that David’s enemies had the advantage and would’ve won if it had not been for the Lord’s intervention. God kept David safe and gave him the victory. This led David to exalt the Lord.
As David was celebrating the inauguration of a significant building for the Kingdom of Israel, his mind drifted toward the One who made it all possible, the Lord. He remembered when God rescued him and the many times God kept him safe. This reminiscing lit a fire inside of him and led him to exalt the Lord.
Whether, like David, you are in a season of celebration or not, take some time today to reminisce on all the blessings you’ve received from the Lord. Maybe you want to make a list. Then, allow the memories of the goodness of the Lord to lead you to exalt Him.