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waiting at airport May 10 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Psalms 37, 9, 10, 27; 2Samuel 15:37; 2Samuel 16:15

Waiting for Deliverance

We are all beset by problems of one sort or another. Sometimes we suffer injustice and don’t know what we should do about it. Should we take action or wait? King David faced this situation. What he did may serve as a guide for us.

In these series of Bible studies, Absalom, King David's son, staged a coup to unseat his father. Being informed of this, King David left Jerusalem to spare the city and the tabernacle of God from suffering the effects of civil war. To some this appeared to be an act of cowardice and weakness. David was humiliated. He and his men were even pelted with stones by a Benjamite still loyal to Saul.

As was said before, we do not know the exact order of the writing of the Psalms, but from our last lesson it appears David was at first confident that he would be vindicated and quickly returned. Sin, however, (whether ours or someone else's), has a way of delaying our plans. If we can judge by the content of today’s Psalms, after a while of suffering the shame of being dethroned, David seemed to slip into periods of despair. His army from Jerusalem and surrounding areas, which was still loyal to David, may also have become disheartened. Why did they walk away and not fight to defend Jerusalem; were they not David's most talented troops and fiercely loyal to him? Why doesn't David return? Why doesn't our brave warrior - leader fight for himself? Why do we, too, suffer this shame and humiliation? How can we be fed in this desert? What about our families; how will we care for them? It is natural to second guess ourselves and wonder if we should have done differently. What do we do when problems have no immediate solution?

What did David do while he was waiting for God's deliverance? Did he plan and scheme on how to retake his rightful position? No. David prayed and encouraged himself and those with him to wait on the LORD's deliverance. That is often difficult to do. To some who don't know God well, they may think that won't do much good; nothing is going to change by waiting. David knew, however, that God was acquainted with all his ways. He had faith in God. If we truly believe God is Sovereign and Almighty to deliver those who are oppressed, we will not make measly attempts to deliver ourselves; we will wait for the muscle of God. We will continue to serve and worship him. We will call upon God and watch expectantly for him to deliver. David writes in Psalm 37:1-9,

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-- it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. (NIV)

“Now David had been told, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ So David prayed, ‘O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness,’” (2Samuel 15:31, NIV). God often frustrates the plans of the wicked. David had informants in the palace to tell him of the plans of Absalom. He even asked his close advisor and friend, Hushai, to go back to Jerusalem and be a counselor to Absalom that he might frustrate the shrewd wisdom of Ahithophel, Absalom’s most trusted advisor. Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, would take any information given them and send it to David by their sons. David writes further, “The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands,” (Psalm 9:16, NIV). “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless,” (Psalm 10:14, NIV). “The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, NIV) “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NIV). Are we confident that the LORD will deliver us in his perfect timing? Then let's wait and see the salvation of God.

Lessons to live by:

  • Do you know God is Almighty and powerful enough to save? He can give you peace in your soul (more...)
  • If we truly believe God is Sovereign and Almighty to deliver those who are oppressed, we will not make measly attempts to deliver ourselves; we will wait for the muscle of God. We will continue to serve and worship him. We will call on God and watch expectantly for him to deliver.
  • God often frustrates the plans of the wicked.
  • Are we confident that the LORD will deliver us in his perfect timing? Then let's wait and see the salvation of God.

Today’s Bible memory verse: “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD,” (Psalm 27:14, NIV).

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