THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Psalm 9 __Psalm 11
Focal verse(s): Psalm 9:1: “I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”
In Psalm nine David promised to praise the Lord with all his heart, to be joyful in the Lord, to sing to God, and to tell of His wonders. David praised God because he had been delivered from his enemies and God had destroyed them, even calling on the afflicted to sing praises to God because God did not ignore them. He contrasted the destinies of the wicked, who would return to the grave (Hell) and the afflicted, who would have their hope fulfilled. Psalm 11 shows David rebuking the temptation of running away from peril with his statement of “In the Lord 1 take refuge”. David answered his own question of “What can the righteous do?” with “Trust in the Lord whose throne is exalted in the Heavens.” We tend to put our trust in things other than the Lord. Many people trust in their education, good works, church membership, social standing, or material wealth to sustain them, only to find that all of those things leave a gnawing feeling of emptiness in the pit of our souls. The only way to fill the void in your life which is created from an absence of fellowship with God is to recognize that the Lord is the source of all our strength and deliverance. At that point we place our trust totally in Christ for our daily needs and Christ becomes exalted through our lives. A poor woman in an Eastern city made complaint to the Sultan that while she slept she was robbed of all her possessions by thieves. “Wherefore did you sleep?” asked the Sultan. “My Lord”, was the response, “I slept because 1 thought you were ever awake.” The Sultan, pleased with her simple faith in his care of his people, restored to her more than she had lost. How calmly may the Christian both lie down and sleep, knowing that his God is ever guarding him, for He slumbers not, neither is He weary of watching!” *
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 1524, #6921.