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2 Samuel 22:26-38
Howdy, Everyone!
May brings so many special days for us to celebrate. We have: Cinco De Mayo; Mother’s Day; Armed Forces Day; Memorial Day last but not least, my wife Julie’s birthday on the 14th. A day I must not forget for sure. I’d like to share these words from Scriptures with you.

Each day there is always something happening! According to the news media, everything is a Big Mess! You, yourself may be feeling that no matter what things just aren’t going the way you want it to go. Talk about major FRUSTRATION! Some people even blame God for their troubles and trials. Can you relate to that?

There is a major person in the old Testament that experienced this very thing. Let me share these words with you from the Scriptures. 2 Samuel 22:26-37

  • “With the loyal thou dost show thyself loyal, with the blameless may thou dost show thyself blameless;
  • With the pure thou dost show thyself pure, and with the crooked thou dost show thyself perverse.
  • Thou dost deliver a humble people, but thy eyes are upon the haughty to bring them down.
  • Yea thou art my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness.
  • Yea, by these I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
  • This God—His way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; He is a shield from all those who take refuge in Him.
  • “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?
  • This God is my strong refuge, and has made my way safe.
  • He made my feet like hinds’ feet, and set me secure on the heights.
  • He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
  • Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy help made me great.
  • Thou didst get a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;
  • I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, and did not turn back until they were consumed (2 Samuel

A major theme of the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel could easily be “Life is a mess!” It has all the elements of a blockbuster TV ministries. As David sought to establish his rule as king of Israel, he faced military challenges, political intrigue, and betrayal by friends and family members. And David himself was certainly without guilt as his relationship with Bathsheba clearly showed in the Book of Chronicles chapters 11-12.

2 Samuel 22:26-38

Yet near the end of 2 Samuel we find David’s song of praise to God for His mercy, love, and deliverance. “”You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns darkness into light” (2 Sam. 22:29). In many of his difficulties, David turned to the Lord. “With your help I can advance against a troop [run through barricade]: with my God I can scale a wall” (2 Sam.22:30).

Perhaps we identify with David’s struggles because he, like us, was far from perfect. Yet he knew that God was greater than the most chaotic parts of his life. With David we can say, “As for God, His way is perfect: the LORD’S word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him” (2 Sam. 22:31) And  that includes us! As we see how the world around us is today, life is messy, but God is greater than the mess.

For that reason my friends, we pray. Lord,
we can not read or hear about the failures and difficulties of others without being reminded of our own. We bring them all to you, seeking forgiveness and Your power for a fresh start. In Christ’s Name we pray! Amen!!

How great is your mess today? Remember, It’s not too late to make a fresh start with God.

May the peace of God be with you and may His mercies abound in you greatly. My dear friends, remember as you enjoy your future days as we look for the sunshine. “GOD IS GREATER THAN THE MESS”

Wishing everyone of the ladies a very Happy Mother’s Day, to those of us with hispanic ancestories, Happy Cinco De Mayo, to our veterans, Happy Armed Forces Day, and to those of us who have lost loved one’s, a blessed Memorial Day. To everyone, May you have God’s mercies, grace and peace. I love you all.

Serving you and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Chaplain Jack Diaz

“Chaplain’s Corner”
By Chaplain Jack Diaz
Dr. Charles F. Stanley