Philosophy View of Enough
As much or as many as required.
To the required degree or extent.
Biblical View of Enough
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6 KJV
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:10 KJV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Have you ever been in the depths of despair, feeling completely loss or hopeless? Most of us can probably agree. I would like to introduce you to a man after God’s own heart, Mr David. According to Psalm 40 :1-3 David described such an experience as a horrible, “pit of despair” filled with mud and mire so that he couldn’t climb out.
I can imagine his experience must have been devastating, he could find no foothold in the slippery stuff so he waited patiently for the Lord to help him. God then put the cards of love and grace under his arms and lifted him out of it. After the Lord did this, David found that he had a new song in his mouth and a whole new ministry. He said many will see what he has done and be astonished, they will put their trust in the Lord.
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3 KJV
What occasion birthed this fortieth psalm written by David? it may have been an experience like the one at Ziklag. The Hebrew for Ziklag is צִקְלַג, it is the biblical name of a town that was located in the Negev region in the south-west which was the Kingdom of Judah. It was a provincial town within the Philistine's kingdom of Gath when Achish was king. 1 Samuel 27:7 stated that David lived in the Philistine's territory for over a year while he hid from Saul. This meant that by accepting sanctuary, he was obligated to serving the King.
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months. 1 Samuel 27:7 KJV
Paul warned us in Ephs 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against rulers and darkness. Sometimes as Christians we fight against our fellow church members, but the Lord has a way of resolving issues in the same way he did for David. In 1 Samuel 28 :1 we can see that the hand of God was upon David and his men, When the Philistines prepared to fight Israel, David and his men were put in a difficult position by having to go out against their own countrymen but the Lord kept them from having to do so, King Achish sent them home.
And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
1 Samuel 28:1 KJV
Returning home to Ziklag however, David and his men discovered that in their absence all their families had been taken captive by the Amalekites. The victory revealed itself in 1 Samuel 29:1-11 KJV
Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag
The Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.
As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rear with Achish.
The commanders of the Philistines asked, “What about these Hebrews?” Achish replied, “Is this not David, who was an officer of Saul king of Israel? He has already been with me for over a year, and from the day he left Saul until now, I have found no fault in him.”
But the Philistine commanders were angry with Achish and said, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place you assigned him. He must not go with us into battle, or he will turn against us during the fighting. How better could he regain his master’s favor than by taking the heads of our own men?
Isn’t this the David they sang about in their dances?
“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands’?”
So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you.
Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”
“But what have I done?” asked David. “What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can’t I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
Achish answered, “I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanders have said, ‘He must not go up with us into battle.’
Now get up early, along with your master’s servants who have come with you and leave in the morning as soon as it is light.”
So, David and his men got up early in the morning to go back to the land of the Philistines, and the Philistines went up to Jezreel. 1Samuel 29 :1-11 KJV
David's closest friends were ready to stone him, that could be considered the pit! But David found strength in the Lord his God. How did he do it? By brining to mind that God was enough.
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
What did David discover?
1. God has no equal Psalm 40:5
2. God is a God of mercy, love, and faithfulness Psalm 40:11
3. God was thinking about him Psalm 40:17
4. God was his helper Psalms 40:17
5. God was his Saviour Psalm 40 :17
In other words, God was enough to lift David out of his pit, from the mud and mire, set his feet on a hard firm path, and steadied him as he walked along.
Can I ask you, what sort of pit are you in?
Do you feel like David?
I would advise you to spend more time reading God’s word especially psalms 40 and remember that God is enough to deliver us from all our " Pit situations"
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