Abide

Psalm 18:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

When we are in the midst of a trial, it is difficult to see clearly, the path we are to go. Often, we want the rain to stop, the thunder to cease, and the pain to go away. When the storm lingers, we will do just about anything for it to stop.

If we do not know or understand the power and presence and promise of our Heavenly Father, we will hastily follow after that which serves us quickly and not necessarily what our Father intended the trial to accomplish.

We reach for the closest hand, the immediate relief, or the world’s remedy. 

Our enemy knows that when focused on “self,” we fail to see the big picture. If all we are concerned about is ‘what’s in it for me,’ then our myopathy and selfishness will hinder our growth in the Lord, and literally, stop our ability to affect others.

David first sought God. When the rain started, he called on God to help him. He describes God as his Rock on which to hold to, a fortress in which to run, and to his Deliverer he hides behind. He calls God his Strength in whom he trusts, his buckler to which he fastens himself, the horn that blows victoriously, and his High Tower to scale to gain a new perspective.

David praises God for the deliverance provided when he asked for it. When we find God worthy of our trust, He proves Himself faithful. 

We fail when we project our expectations of how God should answer our prayer, or when we are meant to travel through the trial – not escape it. The humble submission or giving over the reins to God comes when we realize God wants us to depend on Him.

Psalm 61:1-2 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”

David learned the key to overcome when he was overwhelmed – abide. 

His psalms speak of a close, personal, intimate relationship with God. He relates his innermost fears and how God allowed him to overcome them by abiding or waiting on God.

Psalm 61:3-4 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”

Our enemy watches us when we are tried to see where we place our confidence. If the littlest thing embarrasses us and we run to our pill bottle, our liquor cabinet, or immerse ourselves in work, amusement, or depression, he knows it takes little energy to keep us from being productive for God. 

When we are resolute in fixing our position and abiding in Christ, he knows he has a fight on his hands because it will not be us doing the fighting, but God. Satan will have to tear down the tower, break the Rock, overrun the fortress, loosen the buckle, and shake the tower to get us to leave the protection God provides.

For some, the storm is brewing. Others find themselves amid a hurricane. Still, others are amidst the quiet, not knowing that they are ill-prepared for what is on the horizon. But, when we are consistent and continually abiding in His presence, those storms or trials won’t seem so devastating or destructive because of God’s protection.

As we begin our week, let us purpose to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1-2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

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