Psalm 18:20a (MSG)
GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him.
Observation – What does it say?
I love this Psalm, primarily because I can completely identify with David who wrote it. David is recounting his testimony: the horrible situation he found himself in, he cried out to God and God put his love on display as He saved and transformed David’s life.
In this particular verse, David is pointing out that his broken life in all its pieces was put back together and made complete as soon as he surrendered his life to God.
Understanding – What does it mean? What other Scriptures explain it?
We tend to try everything to fix situations in our lives except turn to God. We turn to medication before prayer, friend’s advice before God’s advice and self-help books before the Bible.
Our only hope and the only hope of every struggling person we know is for them to turn their life over to God!
Psalm 107:9 …he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
God alone satisfies our every desire and makes our lives feel complete, nothing lacking. But it’s only as we trust him enough to place all the pieces of our lives before him and call him my Shepherd.
Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
God shows no favoritism, but rescues and saves everyone who calls upon his name!
Life Application - In light of what this verse says about God what am I going to do about it?
- Continue turning to God when things feel broken. I’ve recognized that the answer to any feeling of emptiness, relational conflict, irritability… if anything feels imperfect in my life, the only solution is to turn to God.
- Point others to Jesus! The hurting and broken need him more than anything!
- Worship! Like David, I choose to remember what God has done for me and never cease to praise him and give thanks!