He Shall Set Me Up Upon a Rock
11/01/2011 01:41:03 PM
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock."
In the times of battle, the King would have a special tent. His tent would be reinforced with special guards. It was a place of safety and refuge.
“And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:…"
In this secret place with our Lord, He is able to lift our head up above our enemies. Your enemy may not be destroyed. You may still be in the middle with your enemies all around you—enemies of fear, pride, greed, unforgiveness, or doubt.
"…therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the lord."
It’s possible to dwell in the tent of our Lord, safely protected from the enemies all around us. Not only are we safe, we are having a celebration, singing, offering gifts of praise and joy to our Lord. Our head is above our enemies. The enemies are still there, but we are dwelling joyfully in His presence. We have a place to stand—a place with Him that He has chosen. Our feet are on the rock, safe and secure.
I would rather be in a storm with Jesus in the boat than to be in the calmest of seas without Jesus. Sometimes He quiets the storm, and other times He quiets His daughter in the storm. Either way, He is Lord. He is giving grace and faith to endure. Faith places God between us and our problem—our enemy.
How do we find this secret place in His tent? “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee; Thy face, Lord, will I seek." Our heart desires to know God personally and intimately. By His grace we are drawn to His face. We learn who He really is, His true character, and how much He loves us. We find great joy and peace. An enduring peace that isn’t dependent on an absence of our enemies, but on the presence of our Lord.
As I lay on my bed thinking of God’s faithfulness during an especially great trial of my faith, an overwhelming urgency to dance with joy before the Lord came over me. I arose from my bed and danced with great joy for my Lord. Was my trial of faith gone? No, but the joy of the Lord gave me strength. Peace surrounded me. I was as happy as I will be the moment my trial of faith is over and His work is complete.
Oswald Chambers said, “Our Lord calls us to no special work; He calls us to Himself." He calls you to spend time with Him. Allow Him to comfort you and teach you His principles. “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies." It’s easy to be drawn away from our Lord with the cares of life. However, He has a plain path, a clear voice, and a way of truth in which He wants to lead us.
In very dangerous times, as we cross a busy street, my husband takes my hand. I feel a sense of direction, security, and love. Jesus is reaching for your hand to lead you in a plain path and to teach you His way. There is great peace in knowing that we are doing things God’s way—when we are taught by Him and empowered by His grace to obey Him. His way leads us safely from the enemy. We need to seek His face, know His character, and seek to be like Him. Apologies, restitution, forgiveness, and unconditional love may take place.
I am set upon a rock of standing with my Lord, singing praises to Him with a heart overflowing with joy. Thank you, Lord.