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Sovereign Reliability

Psalm 35 – Here are some verses grouped to show both David’s contentiousness and his wisdom in realizing his relationship to God was interactive. NIV

:1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. 3 Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. [AND] Say to me,  “I am your salvation.”

:4 May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay…8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin. [AND] 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. 10 My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, Lord?

:17 How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. [AND] 18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

:22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.  23 Awake, and rise to my defense!  Contend for me, my God and Lord. 24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God; [AND] do not let them gloat over me.

:26 May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. [AND] 28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.

David’s interaction with God was a private place where he could pour out his words of frustration and fear about circumstances beyond his control.  His words to God were often controversial, even contentious. It’s interesting to note these Psalms are filled with David’s contentious words AND they’re the same place he came to his undeniable certainty of the Sovereign reliability of God.

David knew God was there to “contend” [to fight] for him when his own righteousness was clouded by contentiousness and fear. Here’s the thing the giant slayer came to understand: Life is just another giant you can’t fight alone.  That’s the reality of Sovereign reliability.

No wonder David was a man after God’s own heart. 

The Emphasis of AND

Today I’m experimenting with the idea that AND is like a blinking light to pay attention to when I read Scripture. I might be tempted to skip right over that one little word until I remember AND links the words or phrases either side of it to emphasize they go together.  So here goes…

Colossians 1-13: Segments direct from the NIV.
4 …we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus AND of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith AND love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven AND about which you have already heard…6 …the gospel is bearing fruit AND growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it AND truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 AND who also told us of your love in the Spirit.  9 … We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom AND understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord AND please him in every way… 11 …so that you may have great endurance AND patience.  12 AND giving joyful thanks to the Father…13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness AND brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…

Synopsis:
Your faith in Christ AND love for all God’s people happened because of a hope stored up for you in heaven.  That hope allowed you to hear the true message of the Gospel AND see it bearing fruit AND growing.  You learned about God’s grace AND  your love in the Spirit came to life in visible ways.

The Spirit gives you wisdom AND understanding so you really can live a life worthy of the Lord AND please him with your joyful thanks.  You’ve been rescued from darkness AND brought into the kingdom of the son he loves in whom we have redemption AND the forgiveness of sins.