Portrait of God

We’ve all heard the saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

However, the reality of it is quite different. Long distance relationships are hard to maintain. We are creatures of flesh and blood, sight and touch, hormone and emotion. What we do not have at our side fades into memory, and the present circumstance of our existence becomes our world.

Letters help, as do regular phone calls, texting, and video chats. We can at least see our loved ones; listen to their voices; soak in their expressions; feel the texture of their emotions.

Yet, Colossians 1:15 tells us Christ is the Son of the invisible God. We can’t even know what God looks like, so how can we maintain a relationship with a being we can’t see?

David’s last song, written in 970 B.C., paints a portrait of our all-powerful God. If we want to see what the Father looks like, all we have to do is read David’s poetic and very beautiful rendition of the majestic image of God as revealed to him.

2 Samuel 22:1

This is the verse that prompted David to write his elegant words. He tells us that he is speaking directly unto the Lord about the day he delivered him from the hand of Saul.

Those make-it-or-break-it moments in life are the ones that often have the deepest emotional impact on us. They are also the ones where we are most willing to let God take control.

2 Samuel 22:2

David splits God into the godhead, for he proclaims him a mighty rock, an eternal fortress, and a swift deliverer.

There are times we need each of these: a stanchion to hold to as the storm passes by; a safe haven as the enemy pummels us; or rescue when the perils of facing the devil threaten to overwhelm us.

2 Samuel 22:3

David elaborates, once again calling God his rock, but adding that he is also his shield; his point man when in battle; his high tower; his place of refuge; his champion in time of storm.

Note that only one of David’s descriptive words is repeated. Rock. God is the rock upon which we stand, and everything else is sinking sand. Our friendships; our good jobs; our houses; our bank accounts. All will fall away in the end, and only God will be left.

In only three verses David has given us a living-color portrait of the supreme and invisible God. We can pull it out and read it each day, memorizing the words of the passage, and writing David’s eloquent description of our Father God on our hearts. Then we will never feel separated from him again.

God is only as far from us as we allow him to be. If we truly want to spend time with him, all we have to do is write his words on our hearts.

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Flashback Friday: Originally Published July 22, 2013 in Relationships

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