Running After Him

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies." Psalm 18:2-3 NIV

My son, Chris, will turn 16 in a few short months. He is starting to drive (which means I don't get to drive anymore!), has a girlfriend, and spends most of his time now not including his parents. He expressed his angst last night upon discovering that I am now on Twitter because that will make it harder for him to keep me out of his teenage world. But with all of the adjustments his growing up brings I am learning a lot about worship from him.

It just seems like yesterday I was bringing him a drink in the middle of the night or fixing him a snack when he got hungry. Those days are gone and that is a good thing, though I do miss that oddly enough. He is now old enough that his parents don't have to cater to his every need (though there are days when his attitude communicates the complete opposite of that). When he's hungry, which is every waking moment, he comes barging out of his room and grabs as much stuff he can carry back to his room to eat. When he's thirsty he gets himself a glass of milk. He drinks at least 5 gallons of liquid a day. I know this because every glass ends up in his room leaving his mother and I having to drink directly from the faucet. Were it not for his foraging for nourishment we would never see him, so for this we are thankful. Anyway, back to the subject at hand. What does this have to do with Psalm 18 you ask? Everything.

David states the fact that the Lord is the provision for everything he needs - my rock, fortress, deliverer, God, strength, buckler, horn of salvation and high tower. Then he states, "I will call upon the Lord...". I looked up the Hebrew phrase, call upon, and I was amazed at what I discovered. That phrase literally means to accost, to approach often in an aggresive manner. So here's my point. Though God provides everything David needs he doesn't wait for the Lord to bring it to him, but rather he runs after everything the Lord has already made available to him. Are you beginning to see the analogy? Chris has matured to the point now that he doesn't wait for his dad to bring him what he needs. He knows that any time he hungers and thirsts for something all he has to do is go after it. That's worship in a nutshell! Worship is the act of running after God and grabbing hold of all that He has made available to us as our Father.

Are you hungry and thirsty for something? Are you desperate? Everything you need is just a few steps away. Go after it. Accost Him in your worship. So shall I then be saved from my enemies!


Anonymous said...

This also reminds me of the story Jesus told about the woman before the judge who kept pestering him until he gave in! Except we don't have to go before our Father as if He is unwilling to give us what we need. We can go boldly before Him and He is so willing and more than able to meet our needs! God is truly glorious!!!! (Elijah David)

Matthew Alexander said...

A new blog. You know ... I have never used a blog.

Besides that, this is a cool blog. I love it.

New Songs Of Praise said...

Thanks Matt. Glad to have you join us.

Free Child said...

I know this is an old post, but I am glad I read it because it was just last night I prayed that my thirst and hunger for God would be lets "nag" God for the things of his Kingdom...lets "Go after it"

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