Who is God?
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. Psalm 18:2
Sometimes things happen in life that leave room for only one response: “that sucks!”
Someone I love dearly, connected to several other someones I love dearly, just called to let me know the word cancer snaked across a phone line from a doctor’s mouth and landed in his lap.
We cry out against our extensive personal troubles. We all do, whether we have a named God or not.
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. (vs. 4,5)
Like the loving father he is, our God’s response is fierce.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. (vs. 7,8)
If you are a parent and you have ever faced off against great illness, suffering, and pain in your child, you have encountered this kind of ferocious love before. This fierce love that would stamp out even the tiniest of flames that threaten our love.
This love parts the obstacles, thunders in advocacy, exposes and lays bare all the way to the foundation. It leaves nothing unturned in the quest for salvation.
But for the child? Our God is gentle.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters…He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (vs. 19)
Those of us with experienced salvation are empowered to stand against the troubles of this life, to stand with those who are scared and suffering and declare that our God turns darkness to light.
He arms us with strength and enables us to stand, to stand for this very reason. That others may know God is a shield of victory over every single thing that threatens death.
The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! (vs. 46)