praying the psalms: Psalm 18
“I love you, O Lord, my strength!”
The Lord, Yahweh, is sturdy – a strong place for me to hide and be defended from my enemies. I find absolute refuge in Him – my shield, He who has a strong hold on me.
I call upon him – crying out in any time or mood – calling out praises, because He is WORTH that sort of adoration that trumps my feelings. When I praise His name, I am saved from my enemy, Anxiety. I rejoice in this, because although my body may not be delivered, my spirit is saved.
You see, I was so lost.
I was despairing of my life and hiding in the dark – the swells of ungodly angst overwhelmed me. It felt like the shores of death.
In my distress, I called upon that Mighty King – crying out for help. And even in the High Temple of Heaven, my cries landed on His ears. He is not so far off as I once believed!
It was power.
He came in thunder and shaking foundations and the tormentors fled my thoughts because my Holy King was riding into battle for me! He came like wind, darkness was his hiding place – the very darkness threatening me became a tool in the hands of the Lord.
OH, He THUNDERED.
He thundered in the heavens on my behalf – the Most High, voice like hailstones and hot coals, scalding my enemy, Despair. It was all lightning and brightness and arrows and the foundations of the world were laid bare at His rebuke.
He sent from on high, He SAVED me. He drew me out of the flood of fear, delivering me! The Lord was my stay – sure and strong.
God – MY God –
Brought me out from those enemies and into wide, free, open spaces. He became my Rescuer, saving me, because He delighted in me. In me! Oh, sweet mercy!
So I keep the way of the Lord. You see, His ordinances have been before me and I will never put His statutes away from me. I call on the indwelling life of Christ to be blameless FOR me – to impart His righteousness to me.
Because the God King is so much love.
And He is kindness and is without blame. He is all light – darkness is just a tool of His. He lights my way where it should be light – He leaves shadows where they will bring Him glory.
By that great light, I can run against anything – I can leap over high walls and seemingly impossible tasks because this God who saved me, His way is perfect. His words prove true over and over again as He shields me – and all those who take refuge in Him.
FOR WHO ELSE could be God?
Just Yahweh. ONLY Yahweh.
No other rock, no other safe place, no other foundation, no other lover and giver of mercies. I trick myself when I think I can find another home – another way of love. What God gives to those who belong to Him can hardly be quantified and yet those gifts are always full, always enough.
He makes my feet like the deer and sets me securely on high places – having been trained for this by His right hand, by His gentleness, my feet will not slip. He equips me with strength for the battle – when those old enemies make paths through my thoughts, through my day, I call upon the Lord who makes Anxiety, Fear, and Despair just sink under me. He delivers me, because my hope is in Him.
GOD, You LIVE. You live and You live in me and by making Your home in me, have made me able to walk the days and the roads and the lost places with strength and surety. Blessed be my Rock – exalted be the God of my salvation!
For all these things and more I could name, I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations.
God’s shown His steadfast love in ways so large and consuming that my heart, even thought it thumps and skips and worries, my heart rejoices.
Yes, and I will rejoice.
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