Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Putting God in His place

Psalm 7


v.1 O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,

--when he says “O Lord”, he is just acknowledging what’s true: the Lord really is the Lord. This is fact, and it applies to everyone. But then he follows it with “my God”. This is the first of two personal declarations of God’s authority over him. The second comes right after it: “in You I have taken refuge”. In both of these, he is making a stand about who he (David) belongs to.

It occurs to me that this attitude is very un-American. We don’t want to be “owned” by anyone. We have no problem asking God to help us, but we still want command of our lives, our bodies, and our life decisions. David is having none of that. Although he’s king and can certainly make decisions that stick, he’s choosing to identify himself as a subject of another, better, kingdom.

David’s not willing to play the “God is my co-pilot” game. One doesn’t go to a co-pilot and ask for refuge and protection. When we are truly yielded to God, we see through the lie that is co-pilot theology. We see ourselves as under His umbrella, and gladly accept all that comes with it.

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