“Many, o Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” – Psalms 40:5
As we’re entering a new year and turning over a new page, it’s good to reflect upon what has happened in 2019. This talks about everything God has done in our lives, including all the successes or failures, which ultimately works together for good, as written in Romans 8:28. It’s important to be grateful for whatever our circumstances are and believe that God always prepares the best for those who love Him. His faithfulness, we also have to learn from our experiences. If we did something wrong, we have to repent and learn how to do the right things; if we did many right things already, keep on improving ourselves. That’s how we will experience greater things in the new year.
David testified that there’s no god that’s equivalent to our Lord. He was able to say those words because He experienced many miracles that God had performed in his life. God was with David, answered his prayers, helped him go through hardships, protected him from the evil one, and directed his steps. All those became an amazing experience for David. If we would also like to experience an intimate relationship with God, we need to learn from David and what he did that he gained favor with the Lord.
First, David trusted the Lord. Even though he was anointed to be the King of Israel, he still went through hardships. When he was facing death, David strengthened his heart and put his hope into God’s hands. He didn’t depend on other human beings.
Second, David always waited upon the Lord. His life was not always smooth sailing, especially when Saul went after him and David’s family was held captive by the Amalekites. When we’re turning over a new page, problems in our lives will still be there even though God is with us. Why? Because life hardships will teach us to depend on Him alone. Just like David who patiently and faithfully waited upon the Lord, we also have to keep on trusting in Him because His help will arrive at the right time.
Third, David surrendered his life into God’s plan. He knew there were many of God’s plans that had yet been realized in his life but he believed that God also walked with him to bring him closer into His own plan.
As we’re turning over a new page, as believers, let’s learn from David so that we will experience God’s great miracles in this new year. God bless you.
Source: Warta GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta