Coffee of course… what were you thinking!
One of my favorite quotes of a friend and I quote it often here is, “Simple people have simple ways,” but life is not simple. Certainly not now.
As I head into the Christmas season, my floor is filled with the goodness of God in a material form, and for that I’m grateful because I know with it will come the joy and laughter of my family and a great opportunity of togetherness. But we all know that even that can change on a dime when Covid-19 comes to your door step and finds you quarantined. I’ve had family and friends who have been through it and some who are in the midst of it. And it can cause your simple ways, not to be so simple. For me this virus has somewhat jaded my opinion of many professionals and confirmed my opinion of some idiots.
Maybe that’s where David was in Psalm 116, I don’t know, but he certainly seemed fed up.
Psalm 116:6-13 KJVS
 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:  I said in my haste, All men are liars.  What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
I don’t believe all men are liars. But there’s a bunch of them right now! Most of which are in Washington. But David’s words put life into perspective this morning for which I needed.
The Lord Preserveth the Simple
That’s what David said and I believe it. And as it was with David, the Lord preserves us often times by allowing hardships to come upon us and then bringing us through. The humility of it all causes us to realize we’d be dust if it were not for His great mercy.
The Lord deals Bountifully with the Bawl Babies
For which I am one. I have a tender heart that takes very little to upset. But that tender heart is also what causes the compassion to well up in my soul and have a desire to help people. To love the unloveable and to want to share Jesus with everyone, even those who make it known they don’t appreciate my efforts. They break my heart and cause me to care deeper. But then what, where does one go from there when the world doesn’t want your gift of eternal life that Jesus’s provides. Rejection is hard, even if it’s not you they’re rejecting.
The Lord Delivered me, and I need to tell people!
Isn’t the words of David amazing. How many times he allowed God to use him and then penned his successes and failures for all the world to see and receive guidance for their own lives from. David walked in the Lord’s paths and he Believed!!! And because of that he spoke it. Glory to God I love that! I’m a talker and telling people about the amazing things God does is so encouraging to my own soul. But then I suffer the affliction of this world and in my haste I don’t think there’s a trustworthy person on the earth.
That’s what David thought, until he was reminded of his own salvation.
The Lord Reminds me of Who I am and Who He is
Before salvation I was that loser and liar that I’m so frustrated with today. I have no possible way of repaying Him for His goodness; from the gifts under my tree to the gift of life. All I can do is sit here with my cup of coffee and praise Him for His cup of salvation. All I have to give Him is my praise. He owns everything else already.
I’m so grateful for His word and how a portion of scripture can put my life into perspective. At least until the next minute I am falling apart.