Morning Reflections is a series of brief reflections on my daily morning readings; one chapter of Pslams and one of Proverbs.
Psalm 60 and Proverbs 30
Psalm 60:11 says “Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!” This is an emphatic statement, and for anyone who names the name of the LORD, it should be ever on our lips. This is especially true in our day, where temptations to pragmatism and human wisdom are ever so sophisticated and prevalent. We must be all the more certain that we need the help of the personal powerful sovereign of the universe and be all the more eager to secure this help. The psalmist had no illusions; it would be God’s help or no help. Man simply cannot produce the power that is needed, nor work the salvation that is desired.
Verses 1-3 are the psalmists recollection of God’s hard dealings with his people; Perhaps God on occasion needs to show his awesome power against his people whereby they learn that the salvation of man, (ie, their own!) is in vain. Being taken to task by the God of the universe is by no means pleasant; it is then indeed when we begin to yearn for God’s favor the most… I do believe God desires to give it to us all along, we just need to be prepared for it, lest we trample it underfoot in gross unthankfulness. Affliction is a great buffer against the heinous sin of ungratefulness.
Agur, the author of Proverbs 30, is aware that the Lord is ready to afflict, which is why he wisely requests honesty of heart and sufficiency in God. His great fear is that he deny the Lord in the pride of his wealth or profane the name of the Lord by thieving out of poverty. He fears the Lord, and in that his wisdom is manifest. Proverbs 30:7-9 would be a great one to memorize, especially for youth who seek to live right before the Lord.