Psalm 18:46, “The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted”
While most of the devotions I share pertains to preparation, knowing God’s truth and God’s ways which is crucial, I have been prompted to encourage those who feel wounded and left by the road side wondering where is God when you need Him. While I don’t desire for us to be consumed with the acts of God like the Israelites that went by feeling, I hope you are encouraged as these few devotions come to you as reminders.
In the verse above, we see David personalizing his relationship with the Lord. While this may be opened to abuse, I want us to look at it differently. Have you been in a huge crowd, or gone somewhere say a church where you felt you just did not belong? You wondered if anyone even took notice of your presence? I have, and in the midst of all these you wondered whether the Lord takes notice of you. Now I am not talking about taking notice of you because you deserve it, no, taking notice of you because you are His child?
David learnt the secret of personalizing God in every situation he found himself in and over and over we hear him say MY fortress, MY shield, MY comfort, MY salvation, MY horn, MY strength. Sounds selfish but not quite. When God looks at all His people, yes He does see people collectively but right in the midst of it, He can see you exactly where you are. He is concerned about your needs and problems as an individual. The bible says that He has curved us in the palm of His hands, He knows our down sitting and our uprising. He is familiar with our ways. Mathew 10:30, “But the very hairs in your head are all numbered“, this sums up everything that God knows about us. I can’t even tell when I lose a hair, He does. I can’t even count them but He does and knows how many they are, He has numbered them. That is the God we serve, the God who knows everything about us from day one to the last day of our lives. He is the same God who has set up a destiny for each of us. Can you imagine someone who has already set up a place in history for you to fit in? From the day He thought about bring you into the world before anyone thought about it, He already set up a plan and a purpose for everyone not as a group but as individuals?
Because He knows us and we know Him, we can Join men like Paul, David, Job in saying “MY” , Philippians 4:19, “But MY God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus“. Psalm 3:3, “For thou oh Lord are a shield for ME, the glory and the lifter of MY head“. Psalm 46:1, “God is MY refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble“. Job 19:25, “I know MY Redeemer lives“, O Lord MY God, In You I put MY trust“. Psalm 16:5, “O Lord, You are the portion of MY inheritance and MY cup; You maintain MY lot”. God is for us. Everything we need He has and the relationship we have with Him reminds that what He is to us, He is to someone else. He may be YOUR healer this morning because you need healing, to me, He may be MY peace because I need peace.
Psalm 46:18, “The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted“. I love the way this verse starts, “The Lord Lives (TLL)”, this is powerful, God is not dead, I spoke with Him this morning. He cares, He has compassion, He has feelings. “Blessed be my rock”, David might have been dealing with something that He did not require healing or joy or confidence. All he needed at this particular time was for God to be his rock, he therefore personalized it “MY ROCK“. His rock could prevent wind from sweeping him, needed a place to hide and take refuge, the rock that crushes the enemy’s head, the rock that cannot be moved or shaken. David needed all these so He called His Lord MY ROCK. What are you dealing with today that you will want the Lord to be for you? call on Him!!. David called him a blessed Rock knowing God is in control. “Let the God of MY salvation be exalted“, meanwhile while He is to me what I am dealing with, Let Him be exalted. Who will exalt Him but the person in the situation. The bible says that if we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out in our place. The rocks don’t need Him. For David in return was to exalt the Lord, Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in MY mouth“. Can you see that because He personalized the Lord in His situation, when it came to time of praise Him, He didn’t have to wait for a crowd to show up to help Him praise Him, he did it himself. I conclude with M.Y. as an acronym for “ME, YOU (LORD)”. LET HIM BE YOUR…. blessings Ev