But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. ~Psalm 40:17
We have a cliché that says, “Out of sight, out of mind.” One of the worst feelings to have is to be forgotten by other people. Many things contribute to forgetfulness. Our fast-paced society contributes to forgetfulness. The rise and usage of social media for communication in lieu of face-to-face contacts causes us to be less confrontational. When you’ve been hurt by someone else, the offending person wrote you off and forgot you. In our devotion this morning, we can be thankful that we are never out of God’s mind. We are never forgotten by God.
We see David who is DESTITUTE.
“But I am poor and needy…” This Psalm may have been written during the time David was running from Absalom. He was at one of the lowest and darkest places in his life. He describes his plight as being in a pit and stuck in miry clay. Even though he had his most loyal people around him, he felt lonely and abandoned. He was unsure of whom to trust. He felt that he was a failure as a father. He remembered sins he had committed that were the cause of Absalom’s rebellion and the kingdom upheaval. Two words describe how he felt: poor and needy. He felt like he was stripped, destitute, and in need of great resources. That’s how all of us feel when we are at a low point in life.
We see David and his DISCOVERY.
“Yet the Lord thinketh upon me…” David was a man who could not get away from an intimate walk with God. He knew from experience that he was never out of God’s mind. “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” He came to the realization that the thoughts God had of him were pure, positive, and passionate. Think of that phrase – “yet the Lord thinketh upon me!” He knows where we are, what has happened to us, and how it is going to turn out. We are never out of God’s mind. The one thing that brought him out of the depths of his despondency was the fact he was never out of the mind of God.
We see David and his DEPENDENCY.
“Thou art my help and my deliverer…” We see David and his desire. David was revived in remembering that the Lord was his helper and deliverer. In Ps. 46, he said that God was a very present help in time of need. God was there for him in the past, and God was there for him again at that present moment. His faith was revived in knowing that God would get him through this trial. He was encouraged to move forward because God was his helper every step of the way.
We see David and his DESIRE.
“Make no tarrying, O my God…” David was calling on God to help and deliver him from his present trial. When we are at peace of the nearness of God to help us in our time of need, we focus on God’s help at that very moment. David was pleading, “Lord, please don’t delay: help me now.” David was refocused on the fact that God was ready to respond to his need.
Do you feel like you are poor and needy? Do you feel like you are out of options and not sure what to do? Remember, you are never out of God’s mind.
Have a steadfast God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 25-26