Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 22, 2010

The Psalmist knew well what it meant to be losing too many games, and then to return to a winning streak.

Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not you, God, you have who rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?
Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
- Psalm 108:10-13 TNIV

King David knew what it was to be empowered with God's presence, but he also knew abandonment, to do his duty without God's empowerment. And he cries here, "You no longer go out with our armies?" For whatever reasons, he wants to be back on a winning streak.

I think we all do. Not only do we want a winning streak, we want to sense God's presence and blessing as we go into the daily grind. God is no rabbit's foot. But we are invited to pray that God would once again go out with our armies, and put us on a winning streak. Yet such a prayer invites self-examination: David surely looked in the mirror and prayed, "Lord, am I living the sort of life that you would want to inhabit?"


Dale Patterson