Vantage Point

Meditating on Psalm 144:

Blessed be the Lord my Rock…
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My high tower and my deliverer,
My shield and the One in whom I take refuge… (vv. 1-2)

David begins this psalm, like most of the others he’d written, with praise. He had experienced first-hand God’s mighty deliverance over and over again as he went to battle against his foes. From the very first day that he stepped on the battleground to take on Goliath, without armor and shield but only his sling – he had trusted fully in the living God. He had seen how God gave him strength to kill the wolves and bears that attacked the flock he tended with only his bare hands. His faith in God enabled him to convert those episodes of victory on the hills to the battlefield, toppling kings and princes of the heathen nations in his wake.

Surely, if we allow God in all areas of our lives – marriage, family, motherhood, work, etc. – He will show Himself mighty to us, too. If we run to Him, bearing our problems, broken hearts, sick bodies, unquiet minds, and all our other urgent petitions – He will also become to us a refuge, a strong tower, a mighty fortress, our deliverer, healer, shield, problem-solver, provider. He will become to us our everything as David had made Him his.

Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 Man is like a breath;
His days are like a passing shadow. (vv. 3-4)

Because of the Lord Almighty’s wondrous work in David’s life, he couldn’t help but marvel, “What is man that you’re mindful of him?” Because of the mighty deeds of the Lord in his life that were magnified many times over, David saw himself as small, a mere mortal. Though a mighty warrior, he possessed the heart of a humble servant and took the posture of complete humility before God. From this vantage point, he was able to see the highness, the majesty, the excellency of God as against his humanity.

This passage got me to thinking: It is because of where we have put ourselves that sometimes our vantage points propel us to demand of God, put the blame on Him when things don’t go our way, or even accuse Him when bad things happen. I know there are people who treat God as if He owed them anything! I think this is a most unfortunate place to be: to think that God only exists to wait on us at our beck and call. But if we shift our positions and take that low place, we will be able to see and appreciate what God is really doing in our lives. That He is actually at work for all of us, for all of humanity, 24/7.

If we have allowed Him into our lives and walk with Him everyday, we will be in that position to praise and glorify Him and be in awe of His salvation, deliverance, healing, and miracles. And you know what? We will know what David had known all along:

Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! (v. 15)

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