Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser
Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
10. Comfort of preservation – keeps us back from sin and great error and transgression
Here are a few more meditations of David.
Psa_16:1 A Michtam ( H4397 An engraving, technically a poem) of David.
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
Psa_25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.
Psa_32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah (A meditative pause during an interlude in the poem or song, often with music.)
11. Comfort of God’s strength – keeps our meditation and words acceptable in His sight
How we speak about things reveals our heart but also shapes our world.
Luk 6:44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
The root word for meditation in the Hebrew thinking can be to mutter in pleasure or anger about something! (H1902 and the root is H1897 in the Strong’s concordance of the Bible.)
In other words you can spend your energy fretting about something, or get into another gear of pleasurable mind waves that release creativity and peace. For me that is the peace that passes understanding.
I like to get angry when I need to, on the other hand, this is not about mind over matter. It is about being angry and not sinning. Trust your new creation! If you feel angry about something that is wrong, it may be just what the Holy Spirit is feeling. However, how you channel and release that anger has a lot to do with your heart. For instance, if you have a specific hurt in the past where you were betrayed by a friend and it hurt you, then when someone does it again all those same emotions come back. Going in there to that place by the Spirit of God with the blood of Jesus will help you get free from that trigger point of rejection and betrayal. If you don’t, the smallest disappointment will be distorted into a massive paranoia of betrayal and you might lose friendships and colleagues you weren’t meant to lose at all!
12. Comfort of Redemption – everlasting life with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His eternal church.
The concept of a kinsman redeemer is referred to here in this Psalm when David calls God his Redeemer. It is the story of Ruth the Moabite who found favour with Boaz, who had the right to redeem the name of the family after Ruth’s husband had passed away. It is a beautiful story worth spending more time on, but the result of that union was the continued line that led to the birth of this Psalmist that gave us this beautiful Psalm – thanks for clinging to Naomi Ruth and thanks for redeeming Ruth Boaz! It is also a picture of Christ and His bride. We were not part of the commonwealth of Israel but by clinging in faith to the word of God and connecting with our Redeemer the Messiah Jesus Christ, we have become part of the commonwealth of God’s children.
Photo by Aaron Burden