A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Good morning! It’s August 11. Welcome to our Daily Dose of Good News. Typically I dive right in to the text. But today I wanted to give you a little bit of context. According to the footnotes, this psalm was written on the day that David was saved from his enemies and on the day that he was rescued from King Saul who wanted to kill him. There is beautiful imagery in it. So, for those of you who are watching, I invite you to close your eyes and picture what you hear. For those of you who read along in the Daily Dose of Good News, I invite you to simply try to picture it, as you’re reading. From Psalm 18:1-19:
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
He bowed the heavens, and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
He rode on a cherub, and flew;
he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering around him,
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
Out of the brightness before him
there broke through his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice.
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
He reached down from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of mighty waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from those who hated me;
for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
Here ends the reading.
Do you know how much you are loved? This text is about God loving David, and basically tearing the world apart to come protect David, to come save David from what was beyond David’s capacity to do for himself. But that’s our God. Our God loves us so much that there’s a fierceness to that love. There is a wide, deep, protective nature of our God of “this is my beloved and they won’t be hurt.” Now, there is pain in our world, I know that. But do you realize that when you call on God- God comes running. This is not a God of delay or a God of “I’ll be there in a minute. I’ve got something else to do.” This is a God of: “Oh no, you didn’t. This is my beloved and I’m coming to take care of my beloved.” And from simply the breath of God’s nostrils, things are flaming and the earth is shaking under God’s feet. There is power and might there and that is directed toward the protection of David in this psalm. And I offer to you today that you are protected in God’s love for you and that is huge love that always protects you and always has your back. So enjoy your day today. Take care. Bye-bye.