“Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, ‘The LORD be magnified!’ But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me.” Psalm 40:16-17
The Lord has made Himself real to me time after time. He has made me feel His love, He has shown me His care, He has let me hear His still, small voice. You would think that I would be continually grateful, that I would continually be basking in the Light of His presence. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to forget Him.
In my self-centeredness, it is not always praise for the Lord that immediately comes to mind when things are going well. Nor is it always an immediate cry for help that comes to my lips when thing aren’t going so well. Instead, I might feel self-satisfied when I feel that I have done things right or just plain down-in-the-dumps when things don’t seem to be going my way. It’s really not about me, though! I was created to bring glory to God, and focusing on myself and my circumstances definitely does not help me to fulfill that purpose. When things are going well, it is not MY doing, but the Lord working through me. And when things seem hard, that is precisely when the Lord can step in and work.
Apparently, David had a similar problem. He recognized that it is RIGHT to rejoice and to magnify the Lord continually, but he also realized that he was needy in his self-centeredness. Oh, the hope there is for me, though, in his next words … “yet, the Lord thinks upon me.” I may forget the Lord, but He does not ever forget me.