Shake The Skies

Psalm 18:1-42 (MSG)                                                                                                                                         1-2 I love you, God
    you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet,
    the castle in which I live,
    my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
    where I run for dear life,
    hiding behind the boulders,
    safe in the granite hideout.

I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty,
    and find myself safe and saved.

4-5 The hangman’s noose was tight at my throat;
    devil waters rushed over me.
Hell’s ropes cinched me tight;
    death traps barred every exit.

A hostile world! I call to God,
    I cry to God to help me.
From his palace he hears my call;
    my cry brings me right into his presence—
    a private audience!

7-15 Earth wobbles and lurches;
    huge mountains shake like leaves,
Quake like aspen leaves
    because of his rage.
His nostrils flare, bellowing smoke;
    his mouth spits fire.
Tongues of fire dart in and out;
    he lowers the sky.
He steps down;
    under his feet an abyss opens up.
He’s riding a winged creature,
    swift on wind-wings.
Now he’s wrapped himself
    in a trenchcoat of black-cloud darkness.
But his cloud-brightness bursts through,
    spraying hailstones and fireballs.
Then God thundered out of heaven;
    the High God gave a great shout,
    spraying hailstones and fireballs.
God shoots his arrows—pandemonium!
    He hurls his lightnings—a rout!
The secret sources of ocean are exposed,
    the hidden depths of earth lie uncovered
The moment you roar in protest,
    let loose your hurricane anger.

16-19 But me he caught—reached all the way
    from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
    the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
    but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
    I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!

20-24 God made my life complete
    when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
    he gave me a fresh start.
Now I’m alert to God’s ways;
    I don’t take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
    I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
    and I’m watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
    when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

25-27 The good people taste your goodness,
The whole people taste your health,
The true people taste your truth,
The bad ones can’t figure you out.
You take the side of the down-and-out,
But the stuck-up you take down a peg.

28-29 Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life;
    I’m blazing with glory, God’s glory!
I smash the bands of marauders,
    I vault the highest fences.

30 What a God! His road
    stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
    Everyone who runs toward him
Makes it.

31-42 Is there any god like God?
    Are we not at bedrock?
Is not this the God who armed me,
    then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer;
    I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight;
    I can bend a bronze bow!
You protect me with salvation-armor;
    you hold me up with a firm hand,
    caress me with your gentle ways.
You cleared the ground under me
    so my footing was firm.

I love these verses, I have taken them and made them my life verses. When I encounter trouble, when I encounter situations that are completely unfair, or when I feel persecuted, I read these verses and I am encouraged. I see within these verses, that I am loved, and that there is nothing that could stop God from keeping me safe within that love.

As we live in this hostile world, we have a God who is a safe place to run to. We can dwell within God’s love and protection. These verses show His protectiveness. It shows God’s power and His awesome glory. God will shake the heavens and the earth to come to our rescue. There is nothing that can withstand Him in His plans to rescue you.

David knew this, He had experienced a lot in his life and he knew from first hand experience that God was good to the core. David also knew where to place his trust, he knew the only one worthy of praise. He understood a little bit about God and it was enough to show David that a life lived for God was the only life worth living. David knew that even when he messed up, God would rescue him and put him back together again. Every broken piece, every heartache, every sinful desire, every willful wandering was not enough to keep God from putting him back together and on the right track. God took the time to rewrite his life, to wipe away all sin and unfaithfulness. At the end of himself, God worked miracles and surprised him with His love. God loved him no matter what, God was willing to come and rescue him from his enemies, God was also more than willing to rescue David from himself (David).

I love the verses within this passage: “They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!” When I am persecuted or tormented by those who would hurt me or hurt my feelings, either intentionally or unintentionally, God sticks by me. God’s love is surprising in its intensity. We can not do anything to dampen the incredible love that He has for us. His love is wide open, it is a saving your soul kind of love. It is a bestowing worthiness kind of love. On our own and in our own strength we are not worthy of God’s kind of love. Because of God greatness, His mercy and His grace He says that we are worthy of that kind of love. He loves His own. I am glad that I am one of His own.

I know that I can not rescue myself from anything. I have been stuck in  desperate situations, usually a tar pit of my own making. Without help, I can not get out of a deep tar pit. Believe me, I have tried and each time I try to get myself out of a rough situation, most of the time it gets worse. I can not fix myself, or at least not a lasting change. I can not fix my old nature. I can not stop myself from looking out for number one first. It may look like I do, but I am always waiting for the reward that I expect from putting someone before myself. I can not feel completely fulfilled, because of my own accomplishments. When I reach a goal, the pleasure found in reaching it is momentary, as I discover that this goal is not cracked up to be all I expected or wished. Or what I thought was the pinnacle of success is not, and there is always more on the horizon that I “need” to reach. I want more, there is never a moment where I find that my life is complete or where I feel completely fullfilled. Thank God that I have God. I can not complete my life, but I know that He can.

20-24 God made my life complete
    when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
    he gave me a fresh start.
Now I’m alert to God’s ways;
    I don’t take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
    I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
    and I’m watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
    when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

If I take my brokenness and allow God to work with it, He makes something new out of me. I love the fact that throughout my life, within all of my pain, God has been recreating me. I love that He uses that pain that I have experienced for the good of others, He then uses my life to point out how very good He is. People who know me can see the miracle in the making that I am. If they really know me, they see His greatness, because they know that I am not strong enough on my own to survive the pain that I have lived through. I am not strong, but He is. I am not good, but He is. I am not worthy, but He is and He says that I am because of Him. When I look to Him, I see reflected in His eyes, my beauty, my worth, and my strength. God says I deserve the SHAKE THE SKY kind of love that He has for me. He will shake the skies for me, He will shake the earth to rescue me. I am that loved. And guess what you are too.

Trust the God who created all that you see and all that you don’t see. He loves you with the SHAKE THE SKIES kind of love. Allow Him to rewrite the story of your life to reflect that love. Allow Him to take your broken pieces, so that He can mend your soul. You will be surprised by the intensity of His love for you. Believe me, my life is a testament to that. My story is all about Him and that kind of love. It is the way He has written my story. It is a love story. It was a tragedy, and now it is a love story. May God bless you with the life story that He wants to create within you, all you have to do is trust Him and risk your broken pieces. Give them to Him and watch what He does with them. You will be amazed.

Let God shake the skies because of His love for you!

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