From McLean Rabb
Both Psalm 18 and Luke 7:1-35 are dense, rich, and full of glorious truth. While so many different ideas could be discussed or expounded on, I feel led to discuss faith and remembering just who our Holy God is. Within both texts we have men exhibiting the faith to cry out to the Lord in the most dire moments. David is encompassed by the chords of death, not strong enough to defeat his enemies (sounds a lot like us when we were dead in our trespasses, under the prince of the power of air - Ephesians 2:1-3). The centurion in Luke finds his highly valued servant sick and at the point of death. What do both men do? Do they sit and agonize in worry over their troubles? Do they scheme how they will best solve their troubles and create a solution for themselves? No! They cry out in humility to God for help and salvation, knowing that He is the only hope. Do we have the faith to cry out to Him in our moments of distress and despair, trusting and truly believing that He is loving enough, big enough, strong enough to save us?
We certainly should, and we will, when we are reminded of just who our Holy God is. David and the centurion certainly remember the Lord as holy. In Psalm 18 David extols God as the Holy Lord of all things: He makes the earth reel and rock. The mountains tremble and quake at His anger. The foundations of the world are laid bare at His rebuke. The centurion in Luke 6 asks (by faith) for Jesus to save the servant with a word rather than enter his house, for the centurion views himself as not worthy to receive the Lord of all Creation within his home. These men knew to call out to the Lord, and they trusted in His ability to save because they knew that God is holy, powerful, and magnificent above all else.
With this said, do we view God as the holy and righteous King that He is? Do we trust Him enough to call out in distress and believe that He hears and is able to help? It seems these two are closely linked. May we see God as He is in all His majesty and splendor, and may that bless us with more faith to trust Him, call out to Him, and truly depend on Him for our needs as David and the centurion did. If you do find it challenging to turn to Him and trust Him (as many of us do at times), I close with encouragement for you in two matters: 1. Christ is the ultimate picture and reason for us to trust, believe, and count on our Holy Lord, knowing that He is able 2. Through Christ we are able to trust (even when we think we can't), for His active Spirit resides within us (1 Cor. 3:16), and we are united with Christ right now (Gal. 2:20). May we trust our holy Lord to be all that we need, for He is.
My wife (an art teacher) and I (a seminarian) are true Texans at heart who moved up here last fall. We desperately miss Mexican food (like seriously!!!!), but also still find snow pretty exciting and novel (how long do you think we can last before begrudging the snow???).