Thursday, March 24, 2011

GOD IS A REWARDER

There is little purpose in prayer if we do not fully believe God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

I am persuaded that God delights in giving tokens of his goodness to his beloved children. David the Psalmist insisted that God is bountiful and inclined to compassion, that his mercy is great, and that it is impossible for him to reject any who implore his help. He rejoices in pardoning sins—he is always propitious.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 31:19-20,

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”

Think of it! First God says we must believe he is a rewarder of faith—then the Psalmist tell us, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear him…and who trust him.”

A storehouse of great goodness—goodness laid up for his people, not only in glory but now, in our daily walk!

I pray this daily: “Lord, you promised to reward my faith if I will trust you before the sons of men, but I need what you promised. I need fresh strength, and new hope, more of the peace that passes all understanding. Lord, I ask only for what you have promised. It is the highest goodness to have a fresh manifestation of your sweet presence. This is what I desire as my reward.