March 22, 2011
Lessons: Psalm 61, 62, 68:1-36, Jeremiah 2:1-13, Romans 1:16-25,
Psalm 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Psalm 62: 1-2 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Wow! Talk about faith in God! Talk about absolute commitment. We may have a problem with some of the theology here but no problem getting the message. Trust God. Practice his ways. Don’t be foolish and put your hope in money or friends or social position. You’ll learn, sooner or later, that that doesn’t work. Put your hope in God. Period! Moreover, the psalmist doesn’t assume that God’s always on his side because he’s a believer and he tithes and gives to the poor and sings in the choir.
He begs God. He implores God to stand by him in every possible circumstance. He leaves nothing to chance. He talks with God all the time. All the time!
Our attempts to keep God in mind all the time seem feeble compared to what we’re reading here. We all know that David was imperfect. We all know the stories about women and killing their husbands and various other lies. Yet, despite all that, it’s obvious that David’s ultimate goal was an effective relationship with God. Even in his time and place, that kind of bond with God was unusual. It’s surely unusual now. God is his “rock”, his “strong tower”, his “salvation”, his “fortress”. Pretty clear stuff. What would our congregation be like if we all had that kind of relationship with God?