Updated: Sep 10
I remember two scriptures I learned in Vacation Bible School (VBS), John 3:16 and Psalm 100. Although, I believe John 3:16 is more important, it would be Psalm 100 that would become ingrained in my spirit to recite at will through every circumstance and situation that I encountered and endured. When I had neglected to go into the house of God, neglected to do the things of God, and when I just, simply, did not acknowledge who HE IS and what He means to me. You see, God in His Awesomeness, already knew I would run away from home the first chance I got to travel the world and travel it the right way as all sinners do, through SIN! He strategically set up the time and place for the mission of having my mom to send me to VBS, knowing that the Bible teacher would make us learn and recite Psalm 100. I did my sin time and eventually 15 years later, I was offered another chance to travel the world but I was older, somewhat wiser and more experienced. I was on a mission but didn’t even know it and this mission led me to learn more scriptures, Roman 8:28, Romans 12:1-2, and marveled at Jeremiah’s call and commission and how he stood through adversity by the grace of God.
The Book of Psalms is organized into five books. Many authors are attached to the Book of Psalms including Moses but David, called the Psalmist in Jewish and Christian traditions; undoubtedly wrote most of the psalms. He is actually attributed for Book I and II, Psalms 1-72). It is believed by scholars that David wrote the 37th psalm as an old man and it is also believed that it is considered a teaching, instruction or wisdom psalm. Why? Because, if I want to run a marathon, I seek out a successful marathon runner or the trainer of that success. David, is that successful marathon runner who ran the race and won the race. Every race has a trigger to start and banner or ribbon to end it.
Saul, Saul, Saul has slain his thousands and David, David, tens of thousands. 1 Samuel 18:8
Commit thy way unto the LORD;trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass,Verse 5. In order to master anything, there has to be COMMITMENT. Commitment involves your will being transferred from yourself to another, when committed to another, you follow that person on the course or mode that has been put before you. Commitment helps us understand what’s really important. This is the Training Phase.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart, Verse 4. Commitment begins the process of bending your will toward God’s will. So therefore, you begin to be glad in anything God asks or has for you and He gives you the victory or causes you to receive it. We are ready to respond the right way because our commitment to God has brought understanding that true delight is wanting to please God in all we do. This the Sustaining Phase.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed, Verse 3. Trust the middle ground is always tough for the believer because you’re too far ahead to turn around! This is when you keep asking Why? Why? Why? And Why Has persecution come so strong? “Why is the wicked prospering?!” It appears that the more they do wrong, the more they prosper! WHY? WHY? Why? You have to hold onto to something stronger, greater than yourself. It’s enough to make a person almost FAINT! This is the Maintaining Phase.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb, Verse 2. All persecutors will quickly be cut off at the root, meaning, to the natural eye, it looked like you both started out on level ground, it appeared that the persecutor was prospering faster, but at the blink of an eye, the persecutor begins to fade away. This is the Arresting/Resting Phase. Why?
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity, Verse 1, because this THEY have been arrested and you have rested for it is your time to Sing! For this is the Praise Phase.
As you have noticed, I have reversed the scriptures to also prove to you and myself that no matter beginning or end, God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. He knows the end, not us.
Saul, Saul, Saul has slain his thousands
For 15 years, David lived in caves and was unmercifully sought after by Saul to be killed. Yes, the same King Saul who offered him his armor to fight Goliath when he was too afraid, Yes, the same Saul who invited him into his home to be his armor bearer.
Saul, Saul, Saul has slain his thousands
For 15 Years, I was unmercifully sought after by the enemy to be killed; unbeknownst to me. Yes the same enemy made me think that I was living in splendor but I was actually in exile, Yes that same enemy, made me think I was rising but really falling.
After 15 Years, David became Priest and King of Israel
And David, David, Tens of thousands
After 15 years, I became committed to submitting to the Priest and King, committed to pleasing the Priest and King, and committed to seeking the Priest and King, Jesus.
And David, David, Tens of Thousands
Like David, He gave me a personal psalm. I try to read and pray the psalms, five per day a month. I believe this day was divine intervention, because today was psalms 96-100. To me Psalm 100 is the sister psalm, Psalm 37, verses 1:5. It keeps me running nonstop to the Saviour!
Saul heard David’s psalm and the enemy heard mine that triggered my race, but what THEY both didn’t know WAS I have a Saviour named Jehovah Nissi, The Lord is My Banner! Silly Rabbit! Like the tortoise, I was slow to join the team AND on this team, the last will be first! Jesus is the trainer of David’s success and He can be yours.
What is your psalm? What psalm has Jesus wrote in your heart? What melody has He put in your spirit? If you don’t have a psalm in your heart that is constantly running on REPEAT, You don’t know the artist. Come today, you have all exclusive VIP back stage pass to meet Him. Will you miss this chance, I almost did. Will you come, He’s singing His heart out to meet you THROUGH HIS WORD, just you, will you?
Make a Joyful noise unto the Lord in all you lands+9
Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with singing
Know ye that the Lord, He is God. It is He who hath made us, not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, be thankful unto Him and bless His name.
For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting and His truth endureth to all generations.