2 Samuel 5:10 KJV — And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
There are two phrases that stuck out to me when I read this. They are "went on" and "grew great".
That phrase "grew great" is one that we would all desire to have said about us, and hopefully one that we are all striving for as a Chrsitian. To grow and learn more about our Lord!
Yet, one of the keys of David's great growth was that he simply went on. He just kept going...
The lion didn't stop him...
The bear didn't stop him...
Goliath didn't stop him...
Even Saul didn't stop him...
He went on...
Can I encourage you this morning to keep going, to keep walking, to try again, to never stop fighting?
There is some great growth on the other side if we just keep going!
2 Samuel 6:17 KJV — And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
The God that we serve is the God of all power and the God of all Heaven and Earth! There is no one that sits above Him or who is greater than Him.
Yet, often times He who should have first place in our lives is somewhere further down on our list. His power has not changed, but our recognition of who He is in our life has.
Notice how the Bible said that they "set it (the Tabernacle) in his place". They were
putting the Holy of Holies back in the proper place. Now the Lord had never stopped being the Lord, but they we acknowledging Him and putting Him in the proper place on the lives.
Where is the Lord on the list of importance in your life? If He isn't first, please make the choice to put things back in the proper order.
2 Samuel 7:2 KJV — That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
David is sitting in his wonderful house as king of Israel when he expresses this statement that is some what lined with guilt.
"Why do I get to enjoy such luxury, but God has to dwell within the tents of the tabernacle?" He purposes to build God a house just as nice as his.
But God, through the prophet Nathan, reminds David of some truths.
God has placed David where he is, He found David as shepherd boy, He delivered
David from his enemies, and He was going to establish the throne of David.
He even tells David that He already had it planned for Solomon to build His temple, when he becomes the King of Israel.
There was nothing to feel guilty about, David was where he was, because God had placed him there.
Guilt is never a good motivator to serve the Lord, men may try to guilt trip you into serving the Lord, but don't expect the Lord to do so. He will use His great love towards you as a means of motivation. Just read the rest of the chapter, and you can hear as David's word turn from guilt to giving praise for who the Lord was in David's life!
Let God's love for you be your motivation to serve Him today!
2 Samuel 9:1 KJV — And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
After reading chapter 8 you would think that David was only concerned with fighting, and bringing his enemies under tribute. Yet, this chapter starts off on a completely different tone.
David isn't looking to conquer another enemy, but instead is looking to show kindness to the family of the man, who had a death warrant out for David.
Yet, I see two truths concerning this act of kindness.
It is choice - you don't stumble upon
kindness, you make choice to be kind.
It is founded upon another - David did it for the sake of Jonathan, we should be kind for Jesus' sake!
Another thing concerning kindness and the Christian is that we have been commanded to be so...
Ephesians 4:32 KJV — And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
So go and shew kindness!
2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV — But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
This verse is one that has been hijacked by the Prosperity Gospel false teachers, and is typically limited to only the aspect of financial giving. If you sow a seed of a $1,000, the Lord will bless you with a $10,000 return!
Yet, nowhere in the Scriptures are we given any indications, that our financial gifts will be returned to us after God tacks on some interest. As a matter of fact, we are told to give simply, or without any strings attached or just by simple obedience to direction of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, this verse does deal with the thought of investment. It illustrates to us that the amount of what we put in or invest, has a direct correlation to what we get out.
If you have only a spare moments prayer life, you will more than likely live a life of constant worry and fear. If you participate in a convenience only Bible reading, you Christian walk will be full of doubt and uncertainty of the promises of God!
How much are you willing to put in today? How much are you willing to invest?
2 Samuel 11:1 KJV — And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
Now, I am not entirely sure why David didn't go to battle this time, but the Bible makes it clear that the expectation was for David to go battle, along with his men.
Maybe David just didn't feel like fighting this time, I mean one battle wasn't that big of a deal, plus his men were more than capable of taking care of this one.
But one thing we can learn from this is that when we sit out our "expected" battles, we
often find ourselves fighting and dealing with things that we shouldn't have had to deal with in the first place.
Just think, if David had just been faithful to were he was supposed to be, he would have never seen Bathsheba, and none of the other stuff that happened would have taken place.
Don't give your flesh an inch, be faithful to where God has asked you to be, your spouse, your home, your church, your Savior. If you excuse yourself, you are opening the door to battles and fights that were never intended for you.
2 Samuel 11:27 KJV — And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
David covered his tracks extremely well. Outside of the parties involved, nobody would have ever known this whole thing had taken place the way it did. Urijah died nobly fighting for his country, and David appearing to be a benevolent king, has taken Bathsheba in as wife, to make sure she was taken care of, and they even had the blessing of a child!
Just one problem when it comes to sin, it displeased the Lord when David tried to cover it up instead of confessing it! When it comes to sin in our lives, the will of God
is not to cover it up and make it seem like it never happened, for even if nobody else knows, God does! The only appropriate step after sin is repentance, acknowledging that what we did was wrong and asking the Lord to not fall victim to it again.
So instead of trying to cover everything up, learn to start confessing, for that is the only thing that brings restored fellowship with God and restored joy to the Christian life!
2 Samuel 13:3 KJV — But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
We've all heard the phrase, "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer." I'm not to sure how much I agree with that statement when applied to Christian life, for we are told to flee from the appearance of evil, and our main priority isn't is to be concerned with our enemies but to be consumed with Christ.
But some good advice would be to take stock of those that we consider our close friends in the Christian life. Are they encouraging us to walk closer with the Lord or with the world?
When Amnon shared his feelings about his sister Tamar, Jonadab should have told him to deal with those feelings properly, but instead he laid a plan for Amnon to please his flesh and cause great hurt to his own family.
If your friends bring out your worst qualities or make plans to please the flesh, it is time for some new friends. Just go back and read this chapter Amnon ends up dead because of the advice of Jonadab, but what about Jonadab? He is able to bring the good news to David, that all his sons aren't dead, just Ammon. Talk about a snake and a sell out, but then again the Bible calls him subtil!
So chose your friends wisely, and if they aren't encouraging your walk with Christ, it might be time to reevaluate the influence they have over you!
2 Samuel 15:4 KJV — Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
I don't think there is anything wrong with striving to be the best you can be, if you are going to do it, do it with everything you got.
Colossians 3:23 KJV — And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
But this wasn't the mindset of Absalom, he just wanted power and popularity, he wanted everybody in Israel to come to him. The only thing that was keeping this from happening was David, his father, the current king of Israel.
So instead of just waiting on the Lord's promotion, the Bible says that Absalom starts to steal the hearts of people through flattery. If the Lord won't give it to him, he is going to just take it himself.
Don't be an Absalom, don't force your way into things, don't become power hungry, don't become self-centered. Trust the Lord and wait on Him, His timing is always perfect!
2 Samuel 17:23 KJV — And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
The ending of Ahithophel's life shows us the tragedy that comes with one pursuit of worldy fame and influence. See, Ahithophel had been able to gain the ear of Absalom, the acting King of Israel. He thought he had arrived, he now had power and influence, he was counselor to the king. He could now sway the whole kingdom, to his liking, for those who heard him thought him to be an oracle of God. However, he wasn't a prophet, just someone who wanted to have power and influence.
Yet, Absalom gets a second opinion, from Hushai, a loyalist to David, that contradicts the advice of Ahithophel. Ahithophel's advice was scrapped for the latter.
Apparently, this devastated Ahithophel to the point that he took his own life. Tragic, but we have seen this scenario play out many times since. People who have all that the world could offer, either mess up, get rejected, or lack satisfaction and end their lives in tragedy.
The only real hope we have in this world is the Lord! Even when I mess up, He still loves me! When it seems like nobody else cares, He does! He has brought real satisfaction in my life, not the things
around me, nor the positions I hold! Thank God for Jesus, He has saved my life in more ways than one!
2 Samuel 18:10-11 KJV — And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
One of the most important words in the Christian life is "obedience". Just simply doing what we have been commanded to do or not do what we have been instructed abstain from.
Joab is upset with this man for not taking out Absalom, who was hanging from a tree by his hair, helpless and defenseless. Yet , this man was being obedient to the words of the king, who said to "deal gently" with Absalom.
What is the one thing that often leads us away from obedience into disobedience? The apparent quick reward, that cause us to forget the overall reward of obedience. Joab offered this man ten shekels of silver and a girdle. But notice this man's response.
2 Samuel 18:12 KJV — And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
Why is obedience so important? It pleases
the the King! You may not get the reward in the moment, but the King always has a better reward and He is always pleased when we obey Him!
2 Samuel 20:2 KJV — So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
The nation of Israel is in a very divided time, during the life and after the death of Absalom. David is returning to Jerusalem, to return to his house and rightful position as king of Israel. Yet some who were loyal to Absalom aren't having it. Especially, this man Sheba, who the Bible says is a man of Belial.
Sheba, in no less words, tells everybody they can follow after him instead of David, and the majority do, but men of Judah cleave unto their king, David.
We should have the same attitude concerning our king, the LORD. We will be given many opportunities to walk away or follow after someone else, but can I encourage you to stick with the King! It is always the right decision to follow after Jesus!
2 Samuel 21:22 KJV — These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
Have you ever watched somebody do something, and they do it so well and smoothly, that you feel as if it would be nothing for you to do what they just did?
Just to find out, that just because they make it look easy doesn't mean that it actually is easy to do.
Yet, setting a good example is still a great thing to do, see David might have made the slaying of Goliath look easy, with just one stone, but he walked into that battle with the right attitude.
1 Samuel 17:45 KJV — Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
Yes, David slew Goliath, but his example encouraged others to take out the giants in their life as well!
2 Samuel 22:2-3 KJV — And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
I love to listen to David praise the Lord! He didn't hold back his gratefulness, nor did he hold back his love for the LORD!
But what makes it so interesting to me is that his praise was not only personal, his use of the word "my" shows us this, but that he knew more than just one side of God, or his experiences had let him see different perspectives of who God really was.
Just in these two verses, he likens God to 8 different things. David wasn't just thankful for God, but he was thankful for what he knew about God through experience!
I can testify to that too, Jesus is my Savior, but He is so much more to me as well! He is my provider, protector, and friend!
Aren't you glad you don't just have to know about God, but that you can know who God is on such a personal level!
2 Samuel 23:8 KJV — These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
Thus chapter wraps up with a list of David's mighty men. But I had to ask myself what made these men mighty, what was their "might" based off? The answer that I saw were their actions. What they did and how they did it, put their might in display!
Many Christians want to be mighty Christians, we desire to do great things for God, we get excited when the preacher talks about selling out for God. There is nothing wrong with having that desire,
those wants, or even that excitement, but mighty Christians follow those feelings with action!
Mighty Christians stand against the enemy in the Lord's power, mighty Christians display unwavering obedience to the King, mighty Christians persevere and lose the word "quit" from their vocabulary!
So if you want to be a mighty man for the Lord, then be one! Put some action to those desires!
2 Samuel 24:14 KJV — And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
David has sinned again, he has gone against the Lord in numbering the people of Israel. But his reaction, is completely different from when he acted sinfully with Bathsheba.
Instead of trying to cover it up and act as if nothing has been wrong, David accepts the responsibility of his actions, he doesn't deny what he has done. Then he appeals to the mercy of God, and not to what might appeal to his flesh.
This is something that we should take note
of, because we too must handle our bad choices properly. See we want instantly skip to the "Lord just get me out of this" stage, without any acknowledgment or acceptance of what we have done.
Mercy is own full display when we are keenly aware of just how wrong our choice has been. Sin is terrible, but we make it even worse when we act like it isn't.
So acknowledge it, repent of it, and seek the Lord, for He is full of mercy!
1 Kings 1:51-52 KJV — And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword. And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
Adonijah, another son of David, has tried to steal the kingdom away from Solomon, who was the appointed heir to the throne. When plans back fire and Solomon is declared the new king, Adonijah runs and grabs hold to the horns of the altar. He is in the place of forgiveness and seeking mercy from Solomon.
Which Solomon grants to him, and doesn't immediately take out Adonijah, even though he could have. Then he places a stipulation on Adonijah, that as long as he lives decently, he won't lose his life.
We are all grateful for forgiveness, especially when we are on the receiving end of it, but sometimes we need to understand that forgiveness can come with boundaries. Fences so to speak, that will keep us from walking into the same trap again.
I am completely forgiven as a Christian, but I have also been given some boundaries by Christ.
Psalm 101:3 KJV — I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV — Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Thank God I am forgiven, but thank God I have some boundaries that will aide in my safety!
Proverbs 18:14 KJV — The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
If you have ever had an injury or some kind of sickness, you probably know the validity of this verse. That desire to heal or get better is what helps to bring about your recovery.
Though it doesn't taste good, I will take this medicine because it will help...
They aren't fun, but these exercises are needed for my recovery, so I will do them.
But what about when your spirit is wounded, the opposite isn't true. You can't will your spirit to a better place by physical means. You must go to the Lord!
For He has promised us...
Psalm 34:18 KJV — The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Go to Him, and ask for help and healing, for He is the only one who can resolve the problem!
1 Corinthians 1:8 KJV — Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The other day I had to call my bank to handle an issue with my checking account. After stating my name and what I was needing help with, they asked me to confirm some of my recent purchases to make sure I was actually who I claimed to be.
Why not ask those things I bought, if they were bought by me? Well, groceries really don't talk. All joking aside, my confirmation carried the authority and claimed those things purchased as my own.
As a Christian I claim to be bought and
redeemed by the Lord, but my purchase has been confirmed by the Lord as well! He knowingly and willingly bought me, and has confirmed and will forever confirm that purchase!
"Bought by the blood, bought by the blood Secure in his mercy, I'm bound in his love No need to give in, to quit, or give up
Thanks to Calvary, I'm bought by the blood"
1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV — But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
We live in a culture and society that if you have a differing opinion about anything that goes against the main-stream belief, you are considered to be one who is judgmental. How dare you go against the status quo! May I encourage you to be Spirit-led even if it goes against the status quo.
Yet, we read hear that one who is spiritual judges all things. Does that mean a spiritual person looks down their condescending nose, and casts judgment on those who are beneath them?
Of course not, but a spiritual person will
judge all things, in that the will take into consideration all the evidence so to speak. A spiritual man isn't one who just decides everything in the moment, but will pray, study, seek counsel, and meditate on their decisions before they make them.
So just ask yourself, have I judged this decision before I make this decision?
1 Corinthians 3:11 KJV — For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Paul has mentioned in this chapter about the idea of building up and building upon another's foundation. He knew the truth about others coming after him and picking up where he left off. He cautions us to be careful how we build.
Then we get to verse 11, which puts everything in context. It is not so much about who we are building after, but who we are building on.
I'm grateful for the foundations that men before me have built and left for me to build upon, but if my building isn't based on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ, my building will not only be out of square but in vain.
So I encourage to make sure that your foundation is in the Lord, and build for His glory!
1 Corinthians 6:11 KJV — And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
The Apostle Paul has just laid out a bunch of people who will not inherit the kingdom of God in previous verses, leading up to verse 11.
But then there is that glorious phrase - "...and such were some of you..."
Yes, that used to be my identity, for that was who I was, but now that I am in Christ, I'm a new creature, all things have become new.
I am washed - I have been cleansed from the stain of sin!
I am sanctified - I used to have no purpose, but now I am set apart for a holy purpose!
I am justified - I no longer stand guilty before God, but I have redeemed through the blood of Christ!
Thank God the Christian life isn't a life of "were"s but it is a life of "are"s! Be thankful for you are in Christ!
1 Corinthians 7:23 KJV — Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
I remember my dad telling me, that one day when I learned the value of dollar, I would also learn to appreciate my possessions. He was absolutely right, when you have to pay for something out of your own pocket, it becomes a whole lot more valuable to you.
May I remind that salvation may be free, but it is not cheap. God bought you, and yes, He redeemed you, but it came a very high price! He had to give His Son, that we might be saved!
The price tag wasn't cheap, so don't settle for a cheap salvation!
1 Corinthians 9:22 KJV — To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
This verse is often abused and taken out of context. This is not a license to sin, in the hopes of reaching someone living in that same particular sin. For example you don't have to get drunk to reach the drunkard or do drugs to reach those who are addicted.
But you will have to show compassion and care. You can't just ignore them or degrade them, then hope to reach them with the Gospel. Ask them about their family, their problems, pray with/for them, let them know you care, and in the midst of all that share the Gospel with them!
When people know you care about them, and are genuinely concerned for their well-being, they will be more opened to the Gospel!
2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV — For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
There is something about people, we have this tendency to compare ourselves to each other. Sometimes it is done in a negative sense, we build ourselves up concerning the failure and faults of others, we say something along these lines, "Atleast I'm not as bad them..."
Sometimes we compare ourselves in a positive light, we might say something like, "I wish I could do it just like them..."
Either way we are setting a trap for ourselves, for comparison to other people will often lead us to discouragement, discontentment, jealousy, and even bitterness.
Who should we strive for to be like Christ and Christ alone! For there is nothing wrong with becoming more like Him!
1 Corinthians 10:21 KJV — Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
I remember working at Sonic, and taking people's orders and they would often order the biggest burger on the menu, with a large order of Tatertots, but then wash it down with a Diet Coke. You know because a diet drink suddenly makes it healthy.
Truth be told though, if that is your constant consumption, you are are not headed down a road of healthiness, but of health problems.
The same is true in our Christian life, we can't have a constant intake of fleshliness, worldliness, and the garbage of Satan, and expect to grow closer to the Lord and have our desire to serve Him get stronger.
We must have a proper diet of prayer, studying of the Scriptures, biblical preaching, and selfless service if we want to grow as a Christian.
So just forgo the Diet Coke and drink of that Living Water!
1 Corinthians 13:3 KJV — And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
There is one thing that the Christian life can not be void of...charity. Charity is that "agape" love or that Christ-like love. It is not a result of our actions, but it should be the motivator of our actions. For if it not, then what is? Recognition, pride, or obligation do not produce the proper results when we let them be our motivators.
But charity isn't concerned with what we gain, for it is founded in a compassionate love that elevates others over ourselves. Even when the result isn't to our liking, charity reminds us to be grateful that we were even in the position to offer help, but it also gives us the desire to try again, and not give up.
So don't just let charity be expressed to you through Christ, but let charity work through you towards others.
1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV — But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Thank God for grace! Here Paul gives a beautiful example of the power of God's grace!
In the previous verse we see where the grace of God has brought Paul from...
1 Corinthians 15:9 KJV — For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Paul, had at one time stood in direct opposition to the church, to the point, that he persecuted believers. But grace! Now he aligns not just with church, but with its Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Yet, the same grace that has saved him, now motivates Him to serve.
"...but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me..."
See the grace of God doesn't just rescue you, but it also should put a resolve in you to serve the living God!
Are you allowing the grace of God to impact you, like it did Paul?
1 Corinthians 16:9 KJV — For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
As Paul is closing out his first letter to the church at Corinth, he reminds them of this great truth.
There is a great opportunity before him, the great and effectual door has been opened unto him. And what a door it was, for the Lord used Paul in a magnificent way. We have the majority of the New Testament because Paul was willing to walk through that door.
But then there is that statement at the end of the verse..."and there are many adversaries..."
We have a great opportunity today as a Christian, to serve the Lord and magnify His name, but don't be alarmed if what you do for the Lord, brings out an adversary. Ask yourself this question...which is greater the opportunity or the opposition?
Walk through the door the Lord has opened for you today, and remind the adversary of this truth...Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!
2 Corinthians 1:4 KJV — Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
I don't know a single person who just loves tribulation. I mean if we had our choice, we wouldn't mind if that was something we could go through life without experiencing. Yet, none of us are exempt from it, but as a Christian we this promise from the Word of God, that he will comfort us in all tribulation, not just some of it, but all of it!
Yet, this isn't just about us gaining a greater understanding of how caring our God is, but there is another great purpose behind it. Sharing that comfort with others who are experiencing a similar trial. You very well may be going through something right, just so you can tell somebody down the road, that everything will be okay, because you have been where they are and if God comforted you, He can comfort them as well!
Praise the Lord, He is the God of all Comfort!