The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I was helped;
therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
No question of HOW God is my strength, and HOW God is my shield. I suppose that when I say I trust in Him, that’s all I need to know, that’s all I need to do. All we need is to wait on Him, living all this time, and then in His perfect wisdom and timing, we see how He helps us. We’re taken by surprise – well, at least I am. Lord literally knows I like surprises, and I have been surprised ever so pleasantly through the years.
The question must be asked, though: We understand that God moves, in His infinite power and peace – But does He really move in our finite circumstances? I believe that He does, but we would probably do well to understand that He does so according to His wisdom and His timetable (‘timetable’ for lack of a better term, considering our God is beyond the beginning and end), which may or may not be according to our finite knowledge and perspectives. This may be my way of reconciling my own experiences to my beliefs, and as always, it’s always up for updating or downright tearing down and building back up.
I’m thinking, we use these sorts of verses as basis for us to live and to move and to have our being – and yet, we do so, not based on results, but in full trust of God – that is, all we know about Him, and beyond. We’re able to look at Him with fondness, and not only attraction, but actual dependence on Him – I mean, He doesn’t do what He does for show, more of Him helping us as He is trust to His Word – that is, as Paul points out – He is for us, and therefore, who can be against us?
I’m encoding all of this from the notebook, and as I’m going through all of it and consistently editing along the way I just have to pause here and say that we shouldn’t really try to figure God out, more than we should just be trusting Him. We can trust Him, indeed, because of who Christ is, and all that Christ has done for us.
We can trust God for who He is, and as this verse continues, our hearts would greatly rejoice, and we would naturally lift up new songs of praise to Him, just as His mercies are new with every morning.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Okay so I might be contradicting what I said earlier – or at least it’ll sound that way. Here we see that we may not completely comprehend the salvation we have through Jesus Christ, but this shouldn’t give us cause to avoid meditating on His word.
For, indeed, the more we read and meditate on what Christ has done for us, one thing that’s bound to ‘hit’ us earlier on is this – That we have been declared righteous and therefore are brought into eternal life. One other way of seeing this is that we’ve been taken from sin and darkness into God’s kingdom of everlasting Light, and infinite, eternal Life.
By no means are we righteous on our own. We could never shake off this sin which was so saturated in us, that to remove it somehow was to erase all that comprised of our existence at that time. No, it was Christ who saved us by way of becoming sin, ending it by taking the death, the entropy, the erasure, the oblivion that we deserved… so that, by His resurrection, we would also be resurrected, proclaimed righteous unto eternal life, made whole, re-created, re-animated. It’s only because of Christ that we are, indeed, bold as lions.
This isn’t the case with the wicked – For they are as we once were: Bound by sin, destined to die. They are as we once were, prey of fear and anxiety, in a game of surviving in vain. We were as they are – saturated with fear, that the smallest things would shake us. We were once saturated with fear, so much that it is as was mentioned – we used to flee in paranoia, even if nobody was chasing us.
What a ‘life’ that was. What a failure of existence, to be constantly lived out by turmoil, turmoil that we mostly bring to ourselves, with absolutely no meaning or purpose.
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.
Simply put, because we have life and light in Christ, so we have meaning and purpose infused in all areas of our existence. In fact, first off, I believe that in our being made new creations, our existence has been expanded, and THEN all of that was saturated with said meaning, and said purpose.
I say that because we may not fully understand anything, but because we have light, and life, and meaning, and purpose, we have a general, powerful, consistent understanding. Am I making any sense here? We don’t understand everything, but that’s okay, because we understand all. Or maybe it’d make more sense just to know that we may not understand everything, but the One who does know everything, the One with infinite and eternal wisdom, the Creator superior to creation is, once again, on our side.
In other words, if we relinquish the demand to understand all things, accepting we cannot fully understand anything, and trusting in our God who knows everything, we have peace. I’m not saying ignorance is bliss. I AM saying Christ keeps us calm, and collected.
There is therefore no more reason for us to resort to divination, or to ‘prophets’ who would bring us back to the anxiety of having to know things down to the unnecessary details. The Truth is our meaning, and that’s all we need to know.
I could still go down the line and pull up other verses in the same chapter on understanding. Proverbs 28:11 and 16 go as follows:
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding search him out.
A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
but he who hates covetousness will prolong his life.
But the thing is, I think we’re golden with what we’ve drawn out so far.
We can’t know it all. It’s impossible for us to know it all. But we have the next best thing – or actually, we have something better.
We’re loved by the One who knows it all.
God continue to bless us through this weekend.