May 7, 2020
Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
We will look one last time at our verses from Psalm 62. Our word for today is Salvation. This particular word, employed 45 times in the book of Psalms, encompasses various meanings. I am interested today in this one definition, health or welfare.
It speaks to me that the word has as a part of its root definition the welfare or heath. My heart goes to this thought. I cannot be healthy without our Lord. You may think you just figured this out. No, but I do think it bears thinking about and considering. You realize there are numerous areas of health and welfare. Spiritual is obvious, but, what about physical and emotional health. Both of these areas can be affected by our spiritual health.
Too many people are sick physically because of the emotional problems and related stress from those problems. I heard this statement one time, it is not what you are eating, that is the problem it is what is eating you! That is so true.
Sin creates stress in our life. It causes our conscience hour upon hour of grief. It drives our mind to fear and regret. It haunts us in the night and keeps us from sleeping or even enjoying life. It is the cause of much trouble. We are facing an epidemic of prescription drug use because of it.
Even the average Christian fails to recognize the damage sin causes. We live without the health our salvation promises because we play with sin. I think of the story of two men who were fishing and not having much luck. They noticed a little book on the bank pulling in fish after fish. They decided to investigate and asked the lad what he was doing to be so successful. He told them he had found an unusual “worm” pile. The fish loved this new “worm”. He told the two men the one strange thing was the “worms” were biting him when he put them on the hook and it stung. The men recognized right away that the little boy had found a nest of moccasins. Even though they immediately called the rescue squad, they learned later that, the little boy died from the many bites he received.
The lesson for us is this, the little sins one by one may not seem to be a big deal but, every one of those sins injects a little of the devil’s poison and cause us harm.
Do not let the health and welfare of the salvation our Lord bought and paid for go to waste.