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Inspired by Jeremy Camp
Throughout the Old Testament, God makes covenants with His people. These are agreements made to show His relationship with us and His promise to us to be our God and we to be His people. The covenant God made with David was unique to the others in the Old Testament in that it promised a king for God’s people. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, Nathan tells David what the Lord said: “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” God promised that David’s lineage would include the ultimate king, Jesus. That sort of covenant would make you feel as close to God as a human can, His son is to be in your bloodline.
We see David’s close connection to God through Psalms as he cries out to God, pleas to God and praises God always with the phrase “You are my God” included. Consider the following examples:
Psalm 86:2 - Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Psalm 118:28 - You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Psalm 140:6 - I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
Psalm 143:10 - Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
Of course David can say this; God has literally inserted Himself into his lineage. But according to Romans 8:17, we fall in that lineage as well. Paul says, “we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.”
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God
You are my God
Because of this covenant we, as much as David, can proclaim “You are my God.” My God. Not one far off up in Heaven somewhere or a God that does great things for good people or a God who created everything and is now watching us from somewhere else. The same God that told Moses, “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God” (Ex. 6:7) is our God. And if He is ours, what do we have to fear? What do we have to worry about?
You are where my strength is found
I know I won't be alone
My God, You are a beautiful love
When we remember that He is our God, we realize we can come before Him as David did with our petitions and praise and when we need to cry out. We can come before Him honestly and kneel close to the throne, rather than stay at a distance, and we can say:
Here I am bearing all, tearing down every wall
So amazed by Your grace and the way You're still holding me