Friday, November 18, 2016

Discerning His Dealing

"The LORD preserved David whithersoever he went" (1 Chronicles 18:13).  "Thou hast dealt well with Thy servant, O LORD, according unto Thy Word" (Psalm 119:65).  "There is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).  "Grace to you, and peace… I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:  which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me… If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account" (Philemon 3-18). 

We see the likeness of our case
In David, whom the Lord had sent,
Preserving him in every place,
For God was with him where he went.

Though David sinned (like every other),
The Lord delivered him from hell,
With friendship closer than a brother,
In kindness, dealing with him well. 

We see another illustration
Within Onesimus, a slave,
Reflecting grace and liberation
In everyone whom Christ will save. 

O Lord, we're gratefully discerning
The lovingkindness of Your dealing
With each of us as we are learning
How much we need Your daily healing.  

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