Enemies... sometimes people, often our own thoughts.
Either way, they surround, they entangle, they overwhelm.
But we are blessed with a Savior.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I was saved from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:4
And look HOW He saves.
He brought me out to a spacious place...
One where we can breathe, step forward, and rest.
Away from those who belittle us.
Released from doubt and fear.
Lifted above insecurity.
Able to stretch wide our praise.
So WHY does He do this... our rescue?
Because He delights in me.
What? Me, the unworthy sinner of shame?
Yes! He delights in me!
Yes! He delights in you!
Just like when we create something;
write a poem, build a gadget, bake a cake.
We stand back and say... "Look what I did."
We are delighted with our creation.
So God delights in us.
Receive His mercy and grace today.
Let Him rescue you...
delivered to a spacious place,
knowing He delights in you.
Have you ever hoped someone would change their mind? Maybe they had a decision to make that which would affect your livelihood. Maybe their influence was able to change your future.
Then you have a matter of prayer. For here in this season of King David's life, his well being was in the hands of his son, Absalom. It seems that Absalom and David were in the middle of one of those long term family fights. And David felt so threatened that he fled to the hills; he feared for his life.
And Absalom had two advisors, but he was unsure which advice to follow. Both sides encouraged a battle against David, but one had the the favor of God on it... and that favor was for David to return as king.
You see Absalom was never appointed by God as king. No matter his manipulation of the Israelite's minds through propaganda, or not. If God has a plan, then that's what will happen.
So He influenced Absalom to pick the word of the advisor who could get King David back on the throne. Even if it meant to defeat Absalom.
Now this encourages me in that I fully believe that God can influence our thoughts, our opinions, even our actions. God can influence anyone's mind and motivation, After all, He is the one who created us and we actually do belong to Him
So let the influence begin! This is surely a way to pray for favor in our life, which would line up wth the will of God.
"Lord, have Your way.
Be gracious to me, O Lord
and give me favor.
If anyone is opposed to me,
influence their thoughts and opinions
so that evil would be thwarted
and good would preside in my life.
God sees the heart of our desires. He does not long for us to be banished from Him. Let us not place human characteristics on a Holy God. His love and grace are so much more than we can grasp. He only desires we receive it, not struggle to understand it.
And so He also cares that once we have received this redemption, we pass it along; we break the bonds which hold us from helping others.
If not, we will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground... wasted, never quenching thirst. Let us rather be empty of ourselves, so that when His grace is poured out, the only substance which can flow forth from us... is more of Him.
All praise be lifted as we open our hands and hearts to our Redeeming Rescue!
David is now king, not just of Judah, but all Israel. And one might think with that position, comes security. But not when you have the heart of a warrior.
For the Philistines, the enemies of Israel whom David had fought so diligently in the past, have heard the news.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they all went in search of David, but he heard about it and went down to the stronghold.
So the Philistines came and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
2 Samuel 5:17-18
David could send the troops.
David could give the command.
David could stay home and be guarded...
thinking he had it all under control.
But David knew that he was not in charge.
David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the way around from the supporting terraces inward. David became more and more powerful, and the Lord God of Hosts was with him.
2 Samuel 5:9-10
I can't quite imagine what it would be like to be the most powerful in the land, with valiant victories behind me and the hand of God upon me. But I bet it would be easy to let it go to your head.
But David doesn't. He inquires of the Lord, “Should I go to war against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” And the Lord delivers the victory.
And when God moves, it's not subtle nor small. No, if we will humble ourselves and ask Him for help... Our God shows up like a Bursting Flood.
Let us too realize His power, His presence, His longing to rescue. When we are pressured by enemies... thoughts of doubt and fear, stresses of a schedule too full, and pressures to be like the world around... let us take God as our stronghold and refuge. Let us inquire of Him what He would have us do.
Then let us stand firm to see the victory of our God... our Bursting Flood clearing the way for triumph.
Hannah was barren. But she went to the Lord in prayer; weeping she confessed the woes of her heart. And the Lord heard her cry!
She promised that if He would just give her a son, she would dedicate Him to the Lord. And that's exactly what she did. She kept her promise, she kept her vow.
And the Lord blessed her with five more children. But this one, the first vowed son would be raised in the church. He grew up to be Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament.
Do not think that God will leaving you lonely in your emptiness. He wants to not only do good for you, but through you. For He is incomparable. He is holy and knows what is best. And through it all, He is our rock and foundation, a steady place to stand during times of uncertainty.
Won't you call upon Him, telling Him, like Hannah the very desires of your heart?
He already knows them, but won't interrupt our striving to get them on our own, until we rest in knowing that He is our Holy Foundation.
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