Lord, thank You for this reminder to commemorate Your works in my life by writing about it.
Whether in a song like David, or poem, or letter, or in a journal, it is important that I not only give You recognition, credit, and thanks, but that I leave a record for others to see and know of Your involvement in my life. I want others to know how You love, rescue and deliver those who belong to You.
I may not fight battles with six-fingered giants, but there are forces acting against me today. In this fight, You are also my rock which I can rely on as immovable; to stand on or hide behind. You are my fortress where I can find protection within.
You are the One whose power delivers me from the enemy. You are my shield that deflects the arrows and blows aimed at me. You are the source of my strength, and the place I can pull back to, to find rest and refuge. Your power and strength save me.
Thank You that I can call on You when I need help and have become exhausted. Thank You that You are faithful and trustworthy and come to my aid. As the Psalmist says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.” I can look to the beautiful, often snow-capped mountains where I live. Their beauty and stability speak to me of Your strength and faithfulness.
But the Psalmist wrote this to be a song all the Israelites would sing either as they made their way up to Jerusalem from their hometowns; or as they ascended the steps on the south wall of the Temple mount. This was Mount Moriah, where You blessed Abraham and provided the ram to sacrifice in place of his son.
As the Israelites looked up to the hills of Jerusalem, towards the Temple, they would be thinking of You, the offerings they brought, and the forgiveness, celebration and protection they would experience there.
Father, some do not feel safe today. Evil is still thriving – in violence, in disease, in injustice. As the Psalm says, “You will not let our foot slip…will not slumber or sleep.” You tell us You are our shade and protector. And that You will watch over us and keep us from harm. Lord us feel Your hand of protection. Give us Your comfort. Be our fortress.
And we will gratefully give You the glory! And our thanks and praises. Amen