Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Be Exalted, O God!

May 21: 2 Samuel 22-23 & Psalm 57

29 For you are my lamp, O Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness.
30 For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
31 This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

32 “For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
2 Samuel 22:29-32

3 The God of Israel has spoken;
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men,
ruling in the fear of God,
4 he dawns on them like the morning light,
like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
2 Samuel 23:3-4

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.

4 My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
Psalm 57:1, 4-5, & 9-11

Be Exalted, O God!

As we are nearing the end of David's life, our reading today includes three Psalms, one from the book of Psalms and two from 2 Samuel.

I love the terminology used by David in 2 Samuel 22.

For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall
.


Never, in all of his life, does David forget to praise God and attribute to God the reasons for his successes in battle and for the success of his kingship. Oh that we, too, would proclaim with David,

“For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?"


It is from Psalm 57 that I have chosen the theme for this devotion, for it truly epitomizes the words of David. Be Exalted, O God! This is one of the psalms David wrote when he fled from Saul.

Verse 4 shows us the tension that fills his days.

My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords
.


In his very next words David shows his true heart and in whom he trusts.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!


David's goal in all of his life was to bring glory to God. That should be our goal as well. Our first priority, even above our spouses, children, and careers, must be to bring glory to God. When we place our priorities in the right order, God will bless all of the other priorities that are so paramount in our thinking.

Be Exalted, O God!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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