From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Psalm 35:3

. . . Say to my soul,“I am your salvation.”                  NKJV

It is worth noting that David had his doubts that God would deliver him, for why would he pray, “Say to my soul, I am your salvation,” if he did not sometimes experience doubts and fears? Let me, then, be cheerful, for I am not the only Christian to express a weakness of faith. If David doubted, I do not need to conclude that I am not a Christian because I have doubts. This verse reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he went at once to the throne of grace to pray for assurance; for he valued it as more than fine gold. I too must pursue an abiding sense of my acceptance in Christ, and must have no joy when his love is not shed abroad in my soul. While my Bridegroom is away in His Father’s house, my soul must and will fast.

We learn also that David knew where to obtain full assurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying,”Say to my soul I am your salvation.” I must be frequently alone with God if I expect to have a clear sense of Jesus’ love. If my prayers cease, my eye of faith will grow dim. To be often in prayer is to be often in heaven; to be slow in prayer is to be slow in progress.

Notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. “Say to my soul.” Lord, You say it! Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever content the true Christian. Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a vivid personality about it. “Say to my soul, I am your salvation.” Lord, if You should say this to all the saints, it means nothing, unless You should say it to me.

Lord, I have sinned; I deserve not Thy smile; I scarcely dare to ask it; but oh! say to my soul, even to my soul, “I am thy salvation.” Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am Thine, and that Thou art mine.                        Charles H. Spurgeon

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