Not All Storms Are Bad
Psalm 18:7-25 presents one of the greatest descriptions of a storm found anywhere in the Bible. It is a graphic picture of the way God works when He comes to the aid of His children. David was saying in verses 7-15 that God the Creator, God the deliverer, used everything in nature to come to his aid. The earth shook, down to its very foundations. Smoke came up. Fire came out. Coals were kindled. The heavens bowed down. The wind began to blow, for God was coming on the wings of the wind. We see darkness, dark waters, thick clouds, even hailstones and coals of fire. Thunder, arrows, lightning–the very breath of God was blowing across the fields. Oh, what a graphic picture this is of a storm!
Where’d the storm come from? It came from God. Why did it come? God was going to deliver His servant David. When the child of God is in the will of God, everything works for him in all of nature. When the child of God is out of the will of God, everything works against him. Remember Jonah? He ran away from God in disobedience, and what happened? A storm appeared. The wind and waves were violent. That little boat went up adn down on the ocean like a cork. Even the mariners were very, very worried. Jonah disobeyed God, and everything in nature worked against him. David obeyed God, and everything in nature worked for him.
Keep in mind that God can use the storms of life to fulfill His will. Is the wind blowing? God is flying on the wings of the wind. Are the clouds thick? God will bring showers of blessing out of them. Don’t be afraid of the storm. Storms can come from the hand of God and can be the means of blessing.
Are the storms of life working for you or against you? If they’re against you, do you need to repent of some sin? If you’re experiencing smooth sailing, what can you do to encourage others who are in the midst of a storm?
Come Out of Confinement
For several years David has been forced to live in confined places as he fled from Saul. More than once David fled to a cave to save his life. Now God had brought David out of the caves and out of confinement, and He brought him into a large place. “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delievered me because He delighted in me” (v. 19). David was a man after God’s own heart. And God delighted in David. It reminds us of our Lord Jesus. God said of Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).
We often talk about our delighting in the Lord. That’s important. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). But what about God’s delighting in us? As parents and grandparents, we enjoy delighting in our children and grandchildren. In a similar way God wants to delight in us.
Because God delights in us, He delivers us. And He uses the difficult experiences of life to make us bigger. “He also brought me out into a braod place” (18:19). In verse 36 we read: “You enlarged my path under me.” When God puts you into a large place, He has to give you larger feet. You’re filling some big shoes. And so God enlarges your steps so that you can take advantage of the large place. But don’t stop there. Back in Psalm 4:1 David said, “You have relieved me.” God enlarges us so that He can enable us to take giant steps of faith for His glory. David had gone through several years of confinement and difficulty and persecution and sorrow. But at the end David was a bigger man because of it. Let the trials of life make you a giant, not a midget. Let God put you into a large place where you can take giant steps of faith for His glory.
Make a list of the reasons why you can thank God for the place where you are today, even though you may feel confined physically, mentally or emotionally. Remember, if you haven’t learned to trust God in the cave, you won’t be able to trust Him in the palace.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).