Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You are my rock

Psalms 18:1

1 I will love you, LORD, you are my strength.
2 You are my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; Your my God, my strength, I will trust in you; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.
4 The sorrows of death encompassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell encompassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

I just love this scripture. Beginning from a position of love and living a life in touch with God, we are able to acknowledge that He is indeed the very strength and security of our lives no matter what the temperature and circumstance of our lives may be. This word ‘strength’ means He is our help, He is there to help us with the circumstances of our lives. ‘You’re my fortress, deliverer, my strength’. Much of the language used here is about an impenetrable net of protection God places around all those who love him. It refers to being lifted to a high place of security that cannot be reached by any enemy. Another picture the original language paints is that of being carried and positioned by God in this place of protection and security. One example is the word ‘buckler’ and this word means a shield covered with the scaly skin of a crocodile, in other words, to be covered with layers of impenetrable protection or to be totally armed against an emery attack. Then it goes on to say from this safe position I am able to call on the Lord. The idea here is of a person accosting someone. This description leaves no doubt what the intention here is, to get hold of God, to make certain we have gripped upon or firmly secured Gods attention. That we have grabbed hold of God a little like Jacob wrestling with God, until we are blessed, until we are safe from attack, until we have seen the answer we seek.
Hosea 10:12 ‘it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you’. The word ‘come’ means to attain, besiege, to lay hold upon and to possess. The word ‘righteousness’ means equity or prosperity, in other words to have equity with God and to lay hold of and possess securely prosperity though prayer.
Then it says God is worthy to be praised. ‘Praised’ here means to shine; to make a show of yourself, to boast or to clamorously rave foolishly about how good God is.
Sometimes you haven’t really got the attention of God till you make an outward show of the trust and the faith and the love you say you have for God. Until you somehow, make it know out loud! Later on it says I cried out to God, which also means to make a loud public noise.
Christianity and your relationship with God is not a private affair. Out of that secret place where we find security and safety, from within that safe place God has positioned us. We cry out loud to God. It’s then that God takes serious notice. He listens and he hears our cry. This word ‘hears’ means He perceives it and obeys, He is obedient to the cry of our heart, when it’s loud, public, clamorous or celebrative.
God doesn’t hear until we find him in that place of security and out of this place we make that unmistakable cry to God that He responds to and obeys.
What a powerful relationship, in fact earlier it says you are the horn of my salvation, which actually means the power of my salvation
God I declare it! You’re my strength and I determine not to stay silent about the security confidence and protection you have always been to me no matter what the situation.

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