Have you every experienced moments of doubt?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, March 25, 2011

"Say to my soul, I am your salvation." Psalm 35:3


Have you every experienced a moment of doubt? In this text you will find David expressing such a moment. First, it informs me that David has his doubts; if not, why would he pray, "Say to my soul, I am your salvation," if he were not sometimes possessed by doubts and fears? Therefore, you and I are not the first to experience doubt or acknowledge weakness in faith. If David doubted, and God said that "he was a man after his own heart", than we should not feel that we are any less Christian because we have moments of doubt.

The test also tells me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but went to the mercy seat to pray for assurance. Therefore, we also must pursue an abiding sense of acceptance in the love of God without which we can have no joy when His love is not present in our souls. When the Bridegroom is gone, our souls will and must be still and fast.

I learn from this text that David knew where to obtain full assurance. He went to God in prayer saying, "Say to my soul, I am your salvation." We must frequently be alone with God if we expect to have a clear sense of Jesus' love. This type of relationship is not obtained in a crowd, it is obtained in your prayer closet with nobody present but you and God. When your prayers cease, your eye of faith will dim. To be frequently in prayer is to be frequently in His presence; to be slow in prayer is to be slow in the progress of your journey towards Him.

Notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. "Blessed assurance Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine." David says, "Say to my soul." Lord, You say it! Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever cause the true Christian to be content.

Moreover, David couldn't 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 don't deserve your smile; I scarcely dare to ask it; but oh! say to my soul, even to my soul, "I am your salvation."

Let us have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am Yours, and that You are mine.

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