Immersed in God

19 Mar

Psalm 144 is another of David’s psalms. He speaks of being immersed in God; God is his everything.

144 1-2 Blessed be God, my mountain,
who trains me to fight fair and well.
He’s the bedrock on which I stand,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight,
The high crag where I run for dear life,
while he lays my enemies low.

This psalm goes from David being a shepherd to a military man. I love the imagines that David gives for who God is in his life. It seems that no matter what kind of life David is leading he sees God there and names God through the familiar aspects of his life. God is a ever revolving reality that is named through the things that David knows best.

I wonder why you care, God—
why do you bother with us at all?
All we are is a puff of air;
we’re like shadows in a campfire.

In the scripture there is the understanding of the Divine eternal seeking relationship with the temporal and momentary life of human beings and asks, “Why?”. I don’t think it is a question we consider much in our time. Do we think it is our due that the incredible power of the Eternal comes to seek and save us?

Step down out of heaven, God;
ignite volcanoes in the hearts of the mountains.
Hurl your lightnings in every direction;
shoot your arrows this way and that.
Reach all the way from sky to sea:
pull me out of the ocean of hate,
out of the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
who shake your hand
then knife you in the back.

When I read this next line of the psalm I thought of my youth group leader from many years ago. He could play twelve-string guitar beautifully and we would always beg him to play for us. As a youth group if we were given a choice of what to do for the meeting we would want to sing. It is in that place that my relationship with God began to grown. I can understand David when he speaks of being rescued from the barbarians; my barbarians were mean teenage girls.

O God, let me sing a new song to you,
let me play it on a twelve-string guitar—
A song to the God who saved the king,
the God who rescued David, his servant.
Rescue me from the enemy sword,
release me from the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
who shake your hand
then knife you in the back.

David speaks of the dreams and desires of his heart. They are very much rooted in his world. Men are strong, women are beautiful, stomachs are full, and the streets are safe. Besides the sexist implications, I think it is a pretty nice dream. What would be your dream of a God-immersed world – what would be its characteristics?

Make our sons in their prime
like sturdy oak trees,
Our daughters as shapely and bright
as fields of wildflowers.
Fill our barns with great harvest,
fill our fields with huge flocks;
Protect us from invasion and exile—
eliminate the crime in our streets.
How blessed the people who have all this!
How blessed the people who have God for God!

We are blessed. I know that deeply in my soul. I pray your blessings enable you to be a blessing for others today. Peace.


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