BEGGING BREAD Andy Hollifield 1-12-17
Psalms 37:25 “I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread.”
A very popular verse of scripture among us saints that we like to quote when we are having to remind ourselves of God’s all-sufficient grace. It is also one we like to use when we are strolling down memory lane in our mind. We sometimes fail to slow down and read the rest of that chapter. Let me briefly highlight the rest of it for you. Verse (1) Fret not because of evil doers, (2) They soon shall be cut down and wither (3) Trust in the Lord and do good, thou shall dwell and be fed (4) Delight thyself in him, he shall give (5) Commit thy way and trust, he shall bring it to pass (7) Rest, wait, and fret not (8) Cease from anger and forsake wrath (9) Evildoers shall be cut off. They that wait, shall inherit (10) A little while and the wicked shall not be, (11) The meek shall inherit and delight (12) The wicked plotteth and gnashed (13) Lord shall laugh at him (14) Wicked have drawn the sword (15) Sword pierced their heart and bows shall be broken. You get the picture.
All through the chapter you see a broken sinful man repenting and God taking him back. Multiple examples of a struggling saint receiving divine help. The Psalmist was no different than we are. He was discouraged by what Israel had done and pleasantly surprised when the Lord took him and brought him to a place where the wicked will be judged and he would see it. So as you throw yourself a pity party, just remember, you aren’t the first one to feel defeated.
It is easy for us to be thankful for things seen but we all to often forget about the value of those unseen things in our lives. So as you go about today, skip the pity party. A lot of people have their afflictions but they are minimal at best in comparison to where we have been in the past. What testimony will you leave behind? Will you be a thankful Christian or a pouting parishioner? Just remember, David’s problems also come straight from the hand of the Lord with promises attached. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!