“I hold on to you [God] for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.” Psalm 63.8
I remember experiences as a child where the confidence I had in my father gave me the freedom to take giant faith leaps. Jumping off walls and ledges into his arms, riding bicycles when the thought terrified me, taking awesome risks (to a young child) were normal activities. I am coming to appreciate the strength David experienced with God. David knew there was nothing could destroy his relationship with God.
Every time I walk away from the Father, I wonder why. The search for personal satisfaction and peace always fails and, as I wonder back to the assurance of absolute grace and acceptance, I cannot find the reason for the departure. The coming back experience brings a fresh realization of just how rock steady God is. If I passionately pursue God, he responds with love and kindness. As I throw myself back into his arms, he gives mercy not justice. When I am in his presence, I know this is where I am complete and real. There is no other place!
David expresses the freedom and confidence that comes with a God relationship. The freedom of a true God experience breaks the bias we bring of God’s dictatorial requirements. The confidence from experiencing mutual trust with God gives us the assurance of self worth and life motivation. It is all there! The obvious question is why do we so often forget or choose to ignore?
There are many reasons. Several at the top of my list include the following:
Pride in my achievements and abilities; forgetting who gave and sustains them.
Fear of failure and the future; forgetting the one whom never fails and is always there.
Arrogance; forgetting the one who defines my value and self worth.
The reasons all fall into my failure to remember “who”.
God is the one that gives and sustains. God has, is, and will always be there. God gave all so you and I can be. God is our confidence.