Friday, March 28, 2008

Amazing Love

I read Psalm 18 today and was reminded of how much the Lord has done for me – and how much He continues to do. He has done miracle after miracle these past few years. I’ve been meditating on it all morning and am just amazed at God’s grace and love.

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. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into his ears.

I can relate David’s words in this psalm. It wasn’t so long ago when I was overwhelmed by the torrents of destruction. I could feel the cords of the grave coiling around me. Everything inside of me wanted my life to be over. Not that I wanted to take my life but I felt there was nothing left for me on this earth. Death was all around me, the pain was too great. Why couldn’t Jesus just take me out of this horrible world into heaven with Him? I couldn’t understand. Yet deep down I knew the Lord was a rock – my rock. No one else could provide the strength I needed but Him, and I knew it. So in my distress I called to the Lord. And He answered…

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me
because he delighted in me.

He took hold of me. I was so weak I couldn’t even reach out to Him but He carried me. The enemy had come in like a flood but the Lord kept me from drowning. There were countless times where I couldn’t even open my mouth to cry for help but God heard the cry of my heart. Not only did He hear me, but He rescued me, He delighted in me and He brought me out into a spacious place.

You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

His deliverance didn’t just take place then. It has been constant. He keeps my lamp burning. The Lord continues to strengthen me in my weakness; training my hands for battle, giving me His shield of victory. God is a shield for all who take refuge in Him and stoops down to make us great. I cannot wrap my mind around that. The great God of the universe loves me enough to stoop down from perfection and make me great. There is no love that compares to the love of Jesus. And the longer I serve Him,
the more I am amazed.

…He shows unfailing kindness to his anointed.

The Bible says His loving-kindness is better than life. I am so grateful that God made a way for me to know and experience His great everlasting love. He is worthy of praise.

Thank you, Jesus.

1 comment:

Josh and Kate plus 1 said...

Amen sista! Amen! God is SO good! LOVES!