Read Psalm 18:28-33. 28For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. 29For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. 30This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?—32the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. 33He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
This is what having such a rich and full theology looks like in the believer’s life. THIS God (the god David has been describing) is MY God. David refuses to just know facts about God; he will only settle for a personal relationship with God. A relationship so deep that the character of God becomes the character of David. God’s way is perfect, and so is David’s – the God who made my way blameless (same Hebrew word). God makes David like himself.
Does any of this sound like your own relationship with God in Christ?
Are you in light or darkness? Are you standing still or are you leaping over walls? Are you afraid or secure? Is your life full of shame and blame, or are you perfect and blameless?
If your answer to these questions is not as emphatically positive as David’s, then return to the word of the Lord. Let God’s word rule over your own feelings. God’s word tells us who we are in Christ and in his covenant, and we are not unlike David in this psalm. Wearing Christ’s own full armor of God, we too can stand against the Devil’s troops. We too can leap over the walls of unbelief. We carry the shield of faith. We are covered with the breastplate of perfect righteousness. We are encamped in the heights of God’s love.
To live is Christ means we can face anything. Yes, anything. Nothing can defeat Jesus and nothing can defeat his life in you.
Prayer. Jesus, you are my God. Let your word encourage me in the strength and security that union with you provides.
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