In our busy lives it seems we jump from one thing to another. We can’t even tell you what a rose smells like, because it has been so long since we have stopped to smell them. Our busyness extends to our “problems” as well. I know in my life there are times that I seem to jump from one problem to another. I believe there is something that we should do after each problem or battle we face. David in Psalm eighteen shows us what should come after the problem.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)
We will praise God before the storm; we will even praise God in the midst of the storm, but for some reason we have a tendency to forget to thank him for delivering us from the storm. The Introduction into this passage states that this is what David said to God ON THE DAY… He didn’t wait a day, week or month to thank God for delivering him out of the hands of his enemies. He did it immediately. We need to stop and smell the roses of worship. When soldiers would return from a victory, the nation would break out in celebration and jubilee. That nation would revel in the victory, singing songs and celebrating the warriors who returned from the battle field. When we face problems and ask God to help in those situations, He fights the battle for us. He is the warrior who has gone out to fight the enemy. When that enemy is crushed under God’s feet, we should sing songs to Him and celebrate and enjoy a season of jubilee. Unfortunately, we tend to get back to a normal lifestyle when our enemy is defeated. Think back to September 11, 2001. You could not drive one city block without seeing signs saying, “One Nation Under God”, “God Bless America”, or “Praying For America.” New York has rebuilt; The Pentagon has been repaired; America has gone back to a normal lifestyle, and those signs have disappeared. We were seeking God and praying and worshiping Him during the healing and rebuilding, but as soon as that is done, we forget to worship Him for what He as done and what He brought us through. Basically, we are too busy getting back to normal to stop and smell the roses of worshipping God. Another reason we may not worship is that as soon as we overcome one problem, we begin to focus on the next one. Let’s not be so focused on the next problem down the road that we forget to worship God for his deliverance in our previous problem. As we read through Psalms, David had various problems just as we do today, but time and time again, David made time to worship before, during, and after those problems. What should come after the problem? Worship. Worship God for what He has done. Don’t be too busy rebuilding life back to normal to worship God for delivering you from your enemy’s hand. Don’t be so focused on the next problem down the road that you can’t enjoy a season of celebrating what God has done for you. Stop and smell the roses of worship. That is what should come after the problem.
God, we thank you for everything that you have done for us. As we looked at your word today, I pray that we will be a generation that will stop and worship you and thank you for the deliverance that you provide for us daily. Lord, as always, we pray that you will lead, guide, provide for, and protect us. We pray this in the name of our Victorious Warrior, Jesus Christ. Amen