February 2, Reading 2 – Psalm 18:1-29

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SAA Notes

In a psalm like this, every year will bring something new to light in your thinking. When reading verses 4-7, remember that these words describe Jesus the Son of David’s experience in Gethsemane. It is important to know that our Messiah has gone through the depths too. He can sympathise with you!

SJA Notes

“Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.”

This is the God who is with us, who is on our side!

David cries out to Him – our fortress and our deliverer – From the depths of hurt and despair. This is a humble cry!

And God answers.

“The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice,”

(and again we can remember the end of Job, God’s answer)

The trials and worries and strains of life, sometimes it is all we can do to just groan with the weight of it all.

God’s word encourages us in this – To bring even our heaviest and darkest weights to the Lord.

Because in Jesus our Saviour we have a model, a pattern, an example – He went through the depths of despair and turmoil too!

In Hebrews 4 we read,

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

What does this truth give us?

The writer of Hebrews continues,

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

We can with CONFIDENCE DRAW NEAR to God!

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for the confidence that we can find through Jesus – Our great high priest.

Please draw us all onwards today, may we find the peace in You that passes all understanding.

Amen.

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