I confess that I am tired a lot. Maybe it is the rigors of pastoral ministry. It could be because my mind is always a beehive of activity and doesn’t shut down easily at night. Perhaps it is due to not enough exercise or self-care. More than likely, it is a bit of all. But I perked up when I read today’s psalm and heard David say that “by my God I can leap over a wall.”
It has been a while since I’ve leapt over a wall. I’m not that old, but old enough to know better than try something like leaping over walls and pulling hamstrings. David was really no spring chicken himself when he wrote this. Psalm 18 is a psalm of praise to God for rescuing David from Saul and all his enemies. This deliverance did not happen overnight; it came over years of David running from the king and being pursued by others. But the day finally did come, and David was not shy in proclaiming his praise to God.
If God’s deliverance from earthly enemies can energize him so much, how much more can I be invigorated by the reality that I am delivered from sin, death, and hell through the blood of Jesus Christ? Maybe you, like me sometimes, think way too much about adverse circumstances and ornery people. I am continually an advocate of using the ancient psalms to help give voice to our contemporary situations. So, today, I am taking my own advice by reading and meditating on this psalm and getting a head start on Thanksgiving Day. I probably won’t go out a leap over a wall, but I suspect my soul will be renewed and energized by contemplating the redemptive events of Jesus.
Saving God, you have settled the sin issue once for all through your Son, the Lord Jesus. Thank you for your gracious deliverance. May my mind and heart be fortified through living into such a great salvation. Amen.