Bible Christianity in a Nutshell (Psalm 140:6-7)

In this psalm, David makes an important distinction: he states that God is his God, and gives a few statements on what that means. Words mean things. Statements and terms must be defined. They are not meant to be formless, or to be defined by whosoever will. Instead, the Bible defines itself for us, so that there is no room for us to twist and corrupt it (though many try). Consider what it means to make the God of the Bible to be our God:
 
1.) Following God is a choice. Each one of us has a choice to make: who/what are we going to worship (pay homage to as a superior being)? We will all choose something/someone. Some people choose themselves, and follow only the lusts of their flesh. Others create false gods, and follow them. Yet more follow after their parents, grandparents, religious leaders, self-help gurus, etc. Sadly, only a small group truly follow the God of the Bible. However, the choice is ours. David chose to make the God of the Bible his God.
 
2.) God is all-powerful. Five times in two short verses, the name of God is used. This is not a psalm about David, but one about His God. Among those five times that God’s name is used, every one of His three core names is given: Elohim, Jehovah, and Adonai. Elohim is given in verse six. David literally states that the All-Powerful God is his God. He is the God of all Creation, the One through which all things are possible. Elohim is the God of all gods, the One that is more powerful than any and all. David acknowledges his God as such.
 
3.) God is the covenant keeper. Jehovah means Covenant Keeper. God gave certain promises to Israel, David himself, and all of humanity. It is important to keep these distinctions. Most important, however, is the recognition that God will keep His promises. Always. He is the God that cannot lie! Three times in two verses is this name for God given. David had faith in his God that He would always keep His promises. How did he know about the promises of his God? He believed the promises of the written Word, and also received a few vocal promises from the Creator Himself.
 
4.) God is the Lord of all. Adonai simply means Master. When David chose God to be his God, it meant that he would follow Him, no matter what. He chose to learn His Word, pray to Him, and trust Him. Whatever God said to do, David did not argue, ignore, or spin, but did to the best of his ability.
 
5.) God is the One we pray to. David did not ignore the Lord and live life as he wished. He did not try to muscle through life on his own: thinking that God did not care about him. Instead, he realized that a relationship with God was just that: a relationship. David was the creation, while God was the Creator. David was the child, while God was the Father. David was the sinner, while God was the Savior from that sin. He knew his place, and the promises of God.
 
Because of these things, David relied upon God to meet his needs. Therefore, he prayed to him with supplications (or the giving of prayer requests). He knew that God cared about his needs, and brought those needs to Him, to be met. Our God teaches us how to pray all throughout Scripture. Jesus specially took the time to teach His disciples to pray properly (Matt 6; Luke 11). It is one of the weapons of our warfare, and is to be based upon the Word, not our whims (Eph 6). Through prayer, we learn to rely upon the Lord God, not our flesh.
 
6.) God is the source of our salvation. David understood that God was the strength of his salvation (both physically and spiritually). He relied upon God to save him from his sin, and his physical enemies. He did not reply upon his own strength or goodness for either of these things.
 
God needs to be the strength of our spiritual salvation. We are all sinners, and have all offended the holy God of Heaven by rebelling against His Law. He is the Creator; therefore, He gets to tell us what is right and wrong. Sinful man states, “I will do what I want.” In turn, God states, “You may do as you wish, but you will pay the consequences thereof.” The consequences of sin are death: both physical and spiritual. Everyone is under this judgment, and, without help, we will all pay the penalty of sin.
 
Because of God’s grace and mercy, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to fulfill the Law of God, and pay the price for the sins of mankind upon the cross. God was satisfied with this payment: proving so through Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Because of all this, Christ offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those that will trust in His Person and Work by faith (Rom 3:10-26; Eph 2:8-9). A dead Savior cannot do these things, nor can an unqualified one. Jesus is alive and fully qualified. Therefore, salvation is offered as a free gift to all that will believe! David trusted in his God for this.
 
God also needs to be the strength of our physical salvation. If we trust in God, we will learn to make Him to be our defense: our shield, strong tower, refuge, and deliverer from evil. We live in a world that hates the things of God and is provoked by unseen forces to attack those that love the Lord. Our only defense against such attacks is the Word of God (Eph 6). We are told that we do not fight a carnal war of guns and knives, but a spiritual one. Our physical strength and skill have no effect against Satan and his minions. Instead, we must trust in the spiritual armor that God gifts to us. All of it is based upon the Word of God. This is why a thriving devotional life is so important (reading, studying & applying Scripture with prayer).
 
When David proclaimed the God of Heaven to be his God, this was what he meant, and God made sure that it was defined for us in the Bible. Is God your God, or do you follow the fanciful, manmade god of the world? Will you determine to line up with Scripture, and follow after the One, True God today, or will you go your own way: following the lusts, opinions, and desires of your flesh (or the whims of others)?