Text: “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. Lord, by Thy favour Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong; Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled.”
Good morning, fully dependant Christian! Through many trials and testing times, perhaps, the Lord has taught you and I the invaluable lesson of continual dependence on Him and His grace alone. Just as, in the words of the hymn, ‘…the arm of flesh will fail us, we dare not trust our own…’; we dependant Christians have learned not to trust in material riches, or human resources; or personal skills and abilities; nor the power or authority of our own human will or reason. We trust completely in the Christ Who suffered and died for us at the Cross, and thus, ‘…our mountain stands strong…’ Hallelujah! Lord, we are trusting and depending on Thee.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not (depend not) unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)
There is no one in as much deadly danger as the Christian who has become just that little bit too comfortable in life; that little bit too wealthy in this world’s currency; too unchallenged by difficulties in day to day living. When the Christian begins to depend too much on material things, or personal abilities - he/she is in a dangerous place indeed! Christian, beware! Stay close to your Lord in prayer! Trust Him alone.
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he/she fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
“Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” (Proverbs 15:16)
King David at war was fully dependent upon the Lord his God. King David, too comfortable and at ease upon his bed in Jerusalem, took his eyes off the Lord, and fell into the gross sins of adultery and murder. (2 Samuel 11:1-17)
You and I are no different in our old nature to what David was in his - we have the potential to commit every vile sin imaginable, but for God’s good restraining grace.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
“…For there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22-23)
Verse 6. “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. When all his foes were quiet, and his rebellious son dead and buried, then was the time of peril. Many a vessel founders in a calm. No temptation is so bad as tranquillity.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 146)
“We are never in greater danger than in the sunshine of prosperity. To be always indulged of God and never to taste of trouble is rather a token of God’s neglect rather than of His tender love.” (William Struther 1633)
Verse 6. “…I shall never be moved. Ah, David, you said more than was wise to say, or even to think, for God has founded the world upon the floods, to show us what a poor, mutable, movable, inconstant world it is. Unhappy he who builds upon it! He builds himself a dungeon for his hopes.” (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)
Riches, material possessions, natural talents and abilities are NOT evil or wrong of themselves, if possessed, viewed and used according to and under the revealed will of God. The Lord is our Primary Source for all things. When we get that vital concept correct, all else is assured to us, and peace of mind to enjoy our gain also! Put God first, and ‘…all these things shall be added unto you…’ according as He sees fit.
“But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Verse 7. “Lord, by Thy favour (grace) Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong. His state he compares to a mountain, a molehill would have been nearer - we are never think too little of ourselves. He boasted that his mountain stood strong, and yet he had before in Psalm 29, spoken of Sirion and Lebanon as moving like young unicorns. Was David’s state more firm than Lebanon? Ah, vain conceit, too common to us all!” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 146)
Social stability is founded upon God’s Provident hand and generosity. Eternal stability is founded solely on Christ Jesus, and upon His finished Sacrifice of full Atonement for our sin. ‘All other ground is sinking sand.’
Verse 7. “Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled. There was no need to come to blows, a hidden face was enough. This proves, first, that David was a genuine saint, for no hiding of God’s face on earth would trouble a sinner; and, secondly, that the joy of the saint is dependent upon the Presence of his Lord.” (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)
Thought: Fully depending upon Jehovah God - we are Eternally safe and secure.