2 He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me.
– 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (NIV)
2-3 God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout; My mountaintop refuge, he saves me from ruthless men.
– 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (MSG)
On Thursday, we focused on the ‘G’ in JENGA; concentrating on ‘God’s There’. This day focuses on the storms in life. The trials and tribulations that will come along our way after our house is built. Will our foundation hold? Or will our home be destroyed and wither away? Life is going to test us. Our pastor, Dan Stallbaum, just finished up a series on the Peace of God. He focused on the three places we find peace in our walk with the Lord. 1) Peace is found before the storm. 2) Peace is found within/during the storm. 3) Peace is found after the storm. It may seem crazy to think about, but we can find a level of peace in all these areas. If our foundation is built on Christ, He walks with us daily. We take solace in know Him and His peace whether we are shuttering up our homes before the storm (studying, praying and preparing), seeking shelter during the storm (applying what we’ve learned), and taking down the shutters and cleaning up the debris (praising Him for our survival and His grace).
In 2 Samuel 22:2-3, David wrote a song of praise thanking God for protecting him and saving him from his enemies. I included both the NIV and MSG versions in this post for reference sake. While I like how the MSG gives us a modern day translation, often giving us a better example in today’s terms…it should never take the place of what the actual translation referred to and what the perspective of the author was. The NIV version refers to the ‘horn of my salvation’. In this context, David is referring to the horns of an animal. The weapons used for hunting and survival were often crafted out of the horns of an animal during those times (and some still today). David saw God as an essential tool for his survival…much like a deer or bull would use their horns for protection.
At camp, we spent some time talking about the storms in our everyday lives. Online bullying, school shootings, academics, jobs, sports, etc. were discussed as things that really shake our foundations from time to time. Also discussed was the scarce amount or lack of support from people in our daily lives. God’s word gives us confirmation that with a solid foundation in Him, we can and will weather life’s unyielding storms and scenarios. As for sending us support, Matthew 7:7 paraphrased says, ‘ask and it will be given, seek and find, knock and enter’. We must open our hearts in prayer to Him, asking him to send us the friends and family needed to help support us in our faith. There is strength in numbers. At camp, it’s easy to find those people, the support and the strength. BUT God wants us to have that for 52 weeks a year, not just one.
In conclusion, this may very well be the greatest message of the week. As you build your foundation, spending time in the word, praying to God, and practicing your faith, KNOW that He will meet you every step along the way. Before, during and after the storm, He is there standing shoulder to shoulder, carrying you, or celebrating with you. He is a constant, when life is not. A foundation built on him remains, others need replacement or repair.
On a Side Note:
Bryan did an amazing job comparing our walks with God to the ups and downs of a football game. It really deserves more than just a ‘tidbit’ of explanation. Look for his post on that coming soon.
In the interim, Casting Crowns sings a wonderful song about praising God Through Life’s Storms. Thank you Lord, “You are who you are, No matter where I am”.