ENHANCEMENT OF LIFE

INTRODUCTION

Enhancement of life is normally of a positive nature.  Presently, we are seeing devastation of life in many areas that does not entail an enhanced life.  In America, and elsewhere, we are seeing an onrush of ungodliness that fixes its sights in opposition to God's Word.  It does nothing towards enhancement of a godly life and its rewards!

King David cried out for deliverance, saying:  "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps" (Psalm 40:1-2).  David's petition to God was a plea for enhancement of life that goes far beyond his own needs; but all of God's people as well (Psalm 40:3)!

There is much need in the world today towards deliverance from the many facets of life that attempt to mire one down; to extinguish hope, to advert one from the promises of God in regards to the perplexities of life.

ENHANCEMENT OF LIFE
CRY OF DELIVERANCE

The Psalmist David cried out:  "You have brought up my soul from the place of the dead; you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the grave.  Sing to the Lord, O you saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holy name.  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:2-5).

Such brings to mind a poem entitled:  "This too will Pass Away" by an unknown author:  "If I can endure for this minute whatever is happening to me, no matter how heavy my heart is or how dark the moment may be.  If I can keep on believing what I know in my heart to be true that darkness will fade with the morning and that this will pass away too; then nothing in life can defeat me.

For as long as this knowledge remains I can suffer whatever is happening for I know God will break all the chains that are binding me tight in the darkness trying to fill me with fear.  For there is no night, without dawning and I know that my morning is near."

FAITH REACHING OUT

Jesus spoke of a time that many will be deceived; and will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see that you be not troubled: for all these things much come to pass, but the end is not yet.  All these are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:4-8).

Enhancement of life is faith reaching out, as the Psalmist David; even though he was surrounded about by his enemies.  In troublesome times he cried out to the Lord;  who had delivered him out of the paw of the lion, the paw of the bear, from the giant Goliath, and the hands of King Saul who sought to take his life!

Enhancement of life is in David's response to the perplexities of life:  "Fret not yourself because of evildoers.  For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he shall bring it to pass.  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him" (Psalm 37:1-7).  These exhortations urge the believer to trust in the Lord with all of life's problems!

RELIANCE ON GOD 

The Psalmist David wrote: "Depart from evil and do good.  For the Lord forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off" (Psalm 37:27-28).

The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the Lord shall help them, and save them, because they trust in Him (Psalm 37:39-40).

The Psalmist David concludes with an appeal towards faith and trust in the unchanging hand of God.  He knew whom to place his trust even in the midst of adversity.  Sometimes one's greatest prayer is in their hour of need!

RECONCILIATION TO GOD

We serve a heavenly Father who has a great love towards mankind and desires a reconciliation to Him.  The enhancement of life is through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom He gave as the sacrificial lamb for the atonement of the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

When David confessed his sin, he was forgiven and restored to a place of service.  For the believer today Jesus bore in His body the punishment due us for our sin; in so doing He satisfied God's just demand that sin be punished.  Jesus is both the advocate (or intercessor) and propitiation (or atonement) for our sins (1 John 2:1-2) when we come to Him with a repentant heart!

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