I wonder how much we trust God. Do we trust Him? We engage God in worship. Our worship of Him is not relegated solely to what we are about, but rather encompasses the whole of one’s life (Romans 12:1). We commune with God in life. We dwell within His presence. We pour ourselves out to Him in prayer. We seek to honor Him and strive for fidelity to Him. But I wonder if we trust Him….
When our children are small it’s a momentous time when they take those first steps. I can remember our kids and how they would go from crawling, to standing, to finally taking those first steps. It was so neat to hold their little hands and help them to walk, but each step had to be taken on their own. At times they’d crawl over to the couch in the living room, and pull themselves up. And so there they are standing up on their own, but holding onto the couch for dear life. I’d be just a few steps away from them, down on their level, arms wide open. But the fear of taking those first steps was very real. “Come on,” I’d say. “Take just one step. Daddy will catch you.” And eventually, they’d muster up the courage to take that first step. To let go of the couch. And to trust that Daddy would catch them.
Really it came down to a matter of trust.
And so back to my original question: “Do we trust God?”
I love David’s words in Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Do you see how personal King David is in his language? (I reserve the right to preach this at a later date!) My strength. My rock. My fortress. My deliverer. My rock in whom I take refuge. My shield. The horn of my salvation. My stronghold.
Over and over David affirms all hope, all confidence, all trust is completely placed in God.
When he affirms: God you are “my fortress,” the Hebrew word for “fortress” is “masada.” There is a mountain in Israel, on the eastern edge of the Judean desert, overlooking the Dead Sea called “Masada” (Fortress). It is a powerful, beautiful, rugged piece of earth that rises over 1300 feet in the sky. David took refuge on top of Masada when he was being pursued by Saul. It was there upon Masada that he was protected and kept safe by God during a tumultuous time in his life.
And so what David conveys to us when he writes, God you are “my fortress” is this: “God when I am with you nothing can get to me.” “When I am with you I am completely protected.” “God when I am with you I am safe.”
Is that who God is to us? Can we let go of the couch and take those steps toward Him, knowing that we are indeed safe and secure when we are with Him?
Glory to God!