“But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; With all my might I shout up to God, His answers thunder from the holy mountain. I stretch myself out. I sleep. Then I’m up again—rested, tall and steady, FEARLESS” Psalm 3:4-5
Have you ever shouted up to God with all your might? And even more importantly, has He ever answered you with thunder from His holy mountain? I’m pretty sure none of us has audibly or specifically heard God’s voice as thunder — but we certainly “hear” Him with our heart! But I love how David’s vivid and passionate expressions of his relationship with His heavenly Father give us a model to follow today. Especially in times of great distress, frustration, and isolation.
Have you ever been in a season of life where everything and everyone seemed to be against you? Feelings of being misunderstood, isolated, and attacked? David had obviously experienced similar feelings and he records how he processed these very real emotions. When we look closely at David’s words, we can learn better how to process our emotions, especially in times of distress. If we’re not careful, emotions can influence our mindset, and that’s a very unsafe and dangerous place to go.
First, we see that David had confidence in God’s protection of him. He knew he was shielded on all sides. He relied on God to ground his feet, to lift his head, not just slightly, but God lifted it high. Not in arrogance but in confidence — without shame. He had an honest relationship with God and so with all his might, he shouts up to God. I wonder what he shouted?!? “Hey God-can you please do something about this? I’ve had enough!” And we see that God answers with a thunderous response … from his holy mountain. This is a huge key to moving past getting caught up in the emotional aspect of a trial — we must have a personal, ongoing, honest relationship with God — one where we continually pour out our heart, with expectation and assurance that God sees, hears, and knows. And then we must leave it with Him, and listen with a pure, unclouded heart for His answer.
What we see next is one of the most important steps in moving out of a place where emotions rule our mindset. David relaxes, and sleeps. He rests. He is not overwhelmed by his trouble, but he has found strength, confidence, and answers — he is tall and steady — not cowered, depressed, and insecure. And I love this … he is FEARLESS!
Just as He did for David, God gives us protection, confidence, and answers from His holy mountain. We just have to seek Him fully, then respond rightly … and move on up the mountain with confidence!!