Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oh My...

My Rock and My Fortress

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for war;
and my fingers for battle;
He is my steadfast love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer, 
my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

O LORD, what is man and that 
you regard him?
or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath;
 his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O LORD,
and come down!
Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
send out your arrows and rout them!
stretch out your hand from on high;
rescue me and deliver me from 
the many waters,
from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
 and whose right hand is a right 
hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God;
upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
who gives victory to kings,
who rescues David his servant 
from the sword.
Rescue me and deliver me 
from the hand of foreigners, 
whose mouths speak lies 
and whose right hand is a right 
hand of falsehood.

May our sons in their youth 
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars 
cut for the structure of a palace;
may our granaries be full,
providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;
may our cattle be heavy with young,
suffering no mishap or failure in bearing, may there be no cry of distress 
on our streets! 
Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! 
Blessed are the people whose
God is the Lord!

The steadfast love of the Lord is all over the Psalms, OT and NT. There are at least five Psalms that are titled with the Steadfast Love of the Lord. Psalms 136 - is refrained with His Steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 100 - Is a Truth Statement that solicits action - an Ode to His Steadfast Love. David sings of and declares great the steadfast love of the Lord in Psalm 89 and 86. Psalm 52 is kind of a flip, and puts the fool in a place which matches his untrust in God - and reminds His people to to wait in the presence of the godly. In Psalm 33, the steadfast love of the Lord is the hope of His people; actually He is steadfast love and we hope in Him. 
Now that reminds me of  Psalm 144 - HE IS MY STEADFAST LOVE. This is not an indicative but a declarative.  David is speaking, declaring the Truth that has been stated everywhere.  But here, he doesn't just talk about it, David owns it. 
Maybe, I'm making too much, of this - but there is a solidity to faith that when it comes to the place that calls God my steadfast love. It the turn that turns promises into personhood as a heart that had all too often doubted, gets grace to see Jesus a little more clearly.