Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.Psalm 144:1-4 (ESV)
My rock. My steadfast love. My fortress. My stronghold. My deliverer. My shield.
Do you see God as that? Do I? David using “my” is not a statement of ownership, as if we own God and he exists for our constant pleasure and incessant bidding. Rather, it’s a word that points us toward relationship with this God? Because look at his next statement:
…what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?
It’s as if David is having a moment of humbled comparison and overwhelming gratitude. To think that we, mere humans―men and women created in God’s image, yet still mere humans―can refer to God as “my” in any way is astounding. But then to know and receive these words back from God from Song of Solomon is breathtaking:
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine…” ― Song of Solomon 6:3a (ESV)
And again in Isaiah 43:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” ― Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)
Do you see the relationship? Almighty God is ours, and we are his. Followers of Jesus: just let that sink in for one moment. We are God’s. We belong to him. And God? He is ours.
Oh what grace he has truly lavished on us that we can be sons and daughters of God.
So take a slow minute and read this next part out loud and receive it as truth:
God, you are my rock.
God, you are my steadfast love.
God, you are my fortress.
God, you are my stronghold.
God, you are my deliverer.
God, you are my shield..
And then hear God speak over you these word, “And you are mine.“
Love you all more than you know,