Day 121

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2 Samuel 22:1-51; Psalm 18

Anne Orr; Trustee, Women’s Bible Studies

David had a remarkable relationship with God.  He called out to Him in times of intense crisis and cried out to Him with the same fervor to praise Him for the things he was 
thankful for. David knew that God’s strength was greater than his own weakness. 

Coping with unfortunate events in this life on earth is not easy.  When something disturbing happens to us or to someone we love, it’s essential that we take time to acknowledge the feelings we have, own them, and move on. We don’t forget about our issues, but it’s important to work through them in our heads. 
We accept these things that we cannot change. We practice more productive ways to respond. We have conversations with God, just as David did, to talk it out with Him. 

In the midst of our trials it seems as though we are so alone. Are you there, God? Can you hear my prayers? Have you forgotten about me? Our faith needs to be strong. Once we get on the other side of our crisis, we can clearly see God’s hand in our life.

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.”   Psalm 18, 1-3

David sang about the way God helped him as a warrior. He gave him the strength and agility, the physical strength and skill, to persevere. 

“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
You enlarged my path under me,
So my feet did not slip.”   Psalm 68, 31-36

The Lord is our rock.  Turn to Him not only in a time of need, but when you are happy and content again. 

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks Anne,
    He is our Rock in good times and bad, always there and always the same.
    Rock of ages You will stand.

    Lord help me to remember to celebrate every day as the gift that it is, regardless of the circumstances that fill it. I live another day because it is Your will.

  2. Anne, I know you wrote this several weeks ago, but it is remarkable to me how this ties with Pastor Scotts’s sermon yesterday. Having conversations with God, finding better ways to respond to life’s issues, sounds like the way to find and reflect God’s wisdom.
    And in life’s issues how great to have an on- going relationship with the God whom we can trust, our stronghold, deliverer, fortress and strength. He alone IS worthy of praise.

  3. “The Lord is MY rock, MY fortress and MY deliverer; MY God is MY rock, in whom I take refuge,
    MY shield and the horn of MY salvation, MY stronghold.”
    David’s faith was personal, possessive and experiential, his very own. He was not victorious because of someone else’s faith. His God was a part of his very being. Lord, I cannot “scale a wall” (Ps 18:29) with someone else’s God. I need to know and experience You for myself, I need to be in relationship with You constantly to know Who You really are, who I am in You and what You can do thru me. Thank You, Father that You do not see Your children as a mass of people but rather You know and desire to be known by each ONE personally!
    ” He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me.” Ps 18:29.
    Thank You, my Father, my Savior, my Deliverer, my Comforter, my Strength, my Wisdom, the reason I live.

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