Always Entwined

“David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, ‘…The Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity…’ And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him… And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel… And David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’ And the Lord said to David, ‘Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.’ And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, ‘The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.’ .. And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, ‘You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.’ And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.”  2 Samuel 4:9; 5:10,12,19-20,22-25

Reading through the life of David makes us privy to a deep friendship with ongoing communion, one that is easy to admire and want for ourselves. David knows his God by many different names, and in a moment requiring immediate wisdom, names Him his faithful Redeemer, and makes a decision in full reliance on this dependable One. His Lord established him as God’s king for Israel, strengthening him in character, mind, and deed, and David accepted his position with a trusting confidence. He took up his mantle for the sake of God’s people, not to serve self. He communed with his invisible but palpably-present confidante in every situation, listened carefully for instruction, went about his work obediently, and gave God the credit for every success. A person entwined with his Lord grows strong. (Proverbs 3:3-7,26)

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Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.”  ~attr. St Dallán Forgaill, Irish hymn (8th century), translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1905)

From this day forward, we can carry on continual conversation with Jesus. Quieted before Him early, immersed in His word, we can offer ourselves as His instruments, and cling. Firmly rooted in our Rock, interwoven with His life, we can grow and bear beautiful, lasting, God-glorifying fruit wherever He appoints us. Will I make the ongoing small choices to walk and talk with Him? (John 15:4-5,7-8)

Father, keep me ever entwined with You, abiding in Your good word, communing with you constantly and seeking You with all my heart. May I live out Your great and hidden graces for the sake of Your eternal kingdom. (Jeremiah 29:12-13; 33:3)

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