Arise, O God

on Sunday 25, April 2010

ARISE, O GOD!  At least a dozen times in the Psalms, the Psalmist cries out, “Arise, O God!”  It was in the times of his greatest distress, or under the heaviest attack of his enemies, that David cried out, “Arise, do not sleep,  rise up and avenge me, plead my cause, save me, smite my enemies in the face, be my defense.”

In Psalms 18 David lifts his voice saying, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my stronghold, my salvation.  I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I am saved from my enemies.  He heard my voice and my cry came before him into his ears.”

Just like any natural parent, at the voice or our cry, our Father goes to work.  Smoke comes from his nostrils, fire from his mouth, the heavens part, his presence is accompanied by thunder, hail, and bolts of lightning.  He shoots his arrows at our enemies and scatters them, he reaches down through the storm clouds of our lives and takes hold of us lifting us up and setting our feet in a spacious place.  “I stood there, saved…surprised to be so loved!  Psalm 18:19 (MSG)

In Hebrews we are told that Jesus has taken his priestly office at the right hand of the Father to make intercession for us, and for those who are distressed or overwhelmed.  So take heart.  He has overcome the world.  He will rescue, He will save.