Monday, December 26, 2016
ADVENT DEC. 26
Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter them;
Send out Your arrows and confuse them.
Stretch forth Your hand from on high;
Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,
*Out of the hand of aliens
Whose mouths speak deceit,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
I will sing a new song to You, O God;
Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
Who gives salvation to kings,
Who rescues David His servant
from the evil sword.
**and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,
Whose mouth speaks deceit
And whose right hand is a right of falsehood.
Zap! Boom! Kazowie!
God the Creator can deal with them however He wants
Confuse them. Let them be up a creek without a paddle.
It confuses those who think they have control to find themselves in out-of-their-control situations,
as in the powerful forces of nature, lightning and great waters, for example. "Deliver me from great waters..." One sunshiny day when the snow melted and became a torrent down the mountains to the valley below in the flood of Jan. 1, '97, the waters rose slowly to infiltrate our home, not the deadly gushing that took lives in other parts of the county. That year for Christmas we had given our teenage son to a Kings-Lakers game, however, all the ways out were underwater. We could not make it to Sacramento. Later, after he had missed the game and thus lost his Christmas present, we were able to go South, (and yes, we got him something else instead.) All along the highway, debris was in the top most of the trees as evidence as to how high the great waters had been. A basketball game ticket was small in comparison to a flood which had devastated so many homes, including ours, and taken lives.
Then David gives a praise sandwich. In between verses about aliens and strange children--think Philistines and giants--he offers a song of praise. Even today, there are united world forces which seek to take away land from Israel. It has always been so. Those settlements in question have been where Jews have settled for over a thousand years, and the Arabs demanding them are ones who have threatened to wipe the Jewish nation off the face of the earth. It is still little David against the giant.
"I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God:
upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings
will I sing praises unto Thee."
(verse 9 KJV)
Adam Clarke says it was, "A song of peculiar excellence.
I will pour forth all my gratitude, and all my skill on its composition."
But by giving praise, a new song, David is declaring who is the One truly in power, not the strange children or even the Hebrew children, not his circumstances, but God. Matthew Henry says, "In the midst of his complaints concerning the power and treachery of his enemies, here is a holy exultation in his God."
"It is He that giveth salvation unto kings (and queens),
who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword."
It is as if David is on the ground looking up at the hurtful sword.
Think of his position while a lad looking up at Goliath's sword,
a sword so heavy that he could hardly lift it in victory,
a victory only possible because he put his trust in God.
It is God to the rescue, the whole point of Christmas.
God is not on a time table as we are in elections every four years. Political parties and political conventions do not have complete sway. Even ballets cast are not the final word. Politicians and heads of state all over the world are being turned over. Think of England and the party that prevailed over the exit of the European union. Think of our president elect, a miracle if there ever was one, a miracle that I took part in praying for, not for the man, but for deliverance from evil as the Son of David taught us to prayer. It is God who gives salvation to kings. David knew that whether in a cave hiding from a king or upon the throne himself. We are told in the New Testament to pray for our leaders. Adam Clarke says, "It is by Him that kings reign; and by His special providence they are protected."
"Rid me, deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity,
and their right hand (their sword hand) is a hand of falsehood."
(verse 11 KJV)
He repeats himself when he slaps on another slice of daily bread, a prayer for deliverance on top of his praise sandwich which was the meat in between two heels. This is an example for us: if we want to cry out for deliverance as daily bread, we need to get to the meat of the matter, praise and worship.
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