O. T. #1203 "Who is Your Strength?"
May 15, 2018
LET IT GLOW
Jerusalem is recognized as Israel's capital by its allies, some 70 years after becoming a state. We watched the historical event of the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (I'm writing this on Monday.) Throughout Israel's history, it has been the chosen city of the Lord God. As the Israeli President mentioned in his speech, it is the place where Abraham came, David set up the Tabernacle of worship, and Solomon built the Temple. He mentioned words found in Zechariah 8:3, ...and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth.
Wow! It is an exciting time. How exciting to connect the words of a prophet who was with the first group to return from the Babylonian exile, Zechariah, with today. Please continue to pray for Israel, God's chosen people.
Getting to our chapter, it was probably another psalm written during the time of Absalom's rebellion against his father David as king of Israel.
In his prayer, David declares God to be his rock (refuge, strength). David asks God to hear his supplications while he cries out and lifts hands toward the holy oracle, inner sanctuary of the Holy Place. He asks God to deal righteously with those who are wicked.
Look at verses 7-8 with me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.
The LORD is my strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
Is Jesus our strength, our rock, our shield? Does our heart trust in Him as David did? Will we rejoice and sing His praises? Is He our saving strength?
LET IT GROW
David prays for God to continue what He has already been doing-saving and blessing His inheritance; feed them as a shepherd; lift them up forever. Israel will experience this through Jesus Christ, the Son of David. He also asks God to deal righteously with those who are wicked.
God amazingly considers His people a most precious possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6-16; Ephesians 1:18-19) (MacArthur)
Do we pray for our pastors as they feed us spiritually, to have wisdom and understanding as they lead our churches?
How amazing our God is! We see Him so amazing things for His people.
LET IT GO
Make Jesus my rock, shield, and strength.
Rejoice and sing His praises.