Zion Baptist Church
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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By Mrs. Connie Reifsteck - August 2009
Call on God
II Samuel 22:2-4
“. . .The LORD is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” (emphasis added)
Remember when you could tell the good guys from the bad guys? Usually appearance alone was the indicator of someone’s character; the shifty eye, the manner of dress which flaunted authority. The old TV westerns usually had good guys wearing white hats, and bad guys wearing black. (Of course there were a few TV exceptions like Paladin on “Have Gun, Will Travel”, but we know he was just “making a statement”.)
Today it is sometimes pretty hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. People we think of as friends or at least as the good guys may really be an enemy. People we love will express opinions that are contrary to biblical principles, and will try to persuade us to their way of thought. They undermine our faith. Our society does not like strong distinctions as to right and wrong. Lifestyles have become flagrantly contrary to the teaching of the Bible. Values are distorted. Materialism is more important than spirituality. When we allow the bad guys to influence us, we weaken our spiritual life and stunt our spiritual growth.
In II Samuel 22 David was praising the Lord for his deliverance from his enemies. David’s message of praise is just as relevant to us today. Notice what David said the Lord was to him: “rock”, “fortress”, “deliverer”, “shield”, “horn of salvation”, “high tower”, “refuge”, “saviour”. When I think of a rock in this context, I don’t picture a fist sized rock that one picks up and chucks at a window! No, no, a ROCK in this instance is bigger than a bulldozer. This rock is immovable by any human effort. A fortress, a high tower, a refuge; these imply strength to me, a place where I am safe. Picture soldiers in medieval times with a spear and shield. The shield deflected the rocks and arrows of the enemy. When we accept God as our shield, He deflects the temptations and sins thrown at us by our enemies. The horn of salvation means the power by which salvation is secured and maintained.
God promises to rescue us from our enemies. God provides a solid rock foundation; He provides a place of rest; He protects us from our enemies.
We don’t necessarily face physical battles, but our spiritual and emotional wars can really take their toll on us. We struggle with relationships in our families and with our friends, we struggle with problems in our workplace, we struggle with sins of the past, and we struggle with just doing the right thing based on biblical principles.
All these things can be overcome. David said “I will call on the LORD”and we have this same privilege today. When we call on the Lord and trust His Word, we put our struggles and trials in perspective. We trust God to protect us and to deliver us. When we focus on God, we forget about trusting our own abilities and allow Him to do what He has promised, save us from our enemies, whatever or whomever they may be.