For this morning’s devotion time, I used a devotional bible study called ‘Adjusting Your Focus’ from the blog of Anne Graham Lotz, (go here to find original study) . I have such a respect for Anne’s ministry, she carries such a depth and richness of God’s truth within her. A devotional bible study is a bit longer than a normal devotional, so I’m sharing a snippet of my time in the Word with you this morning.
The scripture is Psalm 18:1-19.
This passage was accredited to David, before he became king and was being chased down by King Saul, and others, in order to kill him.
The main intent of this study and this passage is draw your attention off the problems you are facing and to adjust your focus onto the nature of God.
Here are some of the characteristics I listed that I found describing God in this passage –
- He is strong (1 Corinthians 1:25)
- He is a rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
- He is a fortress
- He delivers (Ephesians 1:19-21)
- He is able to be trusted
- He is our salvation (Deuteronomy 33:29, Psalm 62:1)
- He is a protective stronghold
- He deserves praise (1 Corinthians 10:6, 1 Peter 2:4-6)
- He listens to prayers (Psalm 40:17)
- He is a shield from attack (Psalm 144:12, Romans 10:9, 2 Samuel 22:31)
Anne asked us to choose an attribute or verse that was most meaningful to us and to explain why. Here’s mine –
2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, His way is perfect,
The word of the LORD is proven,
He is a shield to all who trust in Him
This is the verse most meaningful to me in this devotion for the following reasons.
My faith (and anyone else’s) is tied up in who I know God to be.
It is impossible for my faith (belief) to rise any higher than my perception of Him. This verse tells me that i can ‘stand’ on the sureness of His Word – it has been proven.
We can back this up with
Now faith (belief – addition mine) is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV
Another version puts it this way –
Faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. NET
Why can we be so confident?
Because God is who He says He is. His Word has been proven.
Swap the word ‘faith’ in the above passage for ‘my understanding and perception of who God is, His nature and what I know He is willing to do’.
‘My understanding and perception of who God is, His nature and what I know He is willing to do’ is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Get acquainted with God, find out who He is and what your relationship with Him is.
As I pray –
I aim to become more focused on who God is and less focused on my problems.
Rest in that assurance.
Yours in Christ,