Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Jehovah-Hoshe'ah

Lord Saves - Psalm 20:9

Psalm 20 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. 4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel. 5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions. 6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. 9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.


I love verse seven. I have a card made up for that verse that I hand out. Men and women in the jail get so caught up and worried about what a strict judge they have or how unfair the prosecutor is being or how incompetent their public defender. In the end, not a single one of those things are important. I have seen men and women delivered from jail for no humanly explainable reason. One day they are incarcerated with no hope (that they can see) of getting out for a very long time and in a matter of hours, they are freed. . . no good explanation. . . suddenly an appearance before a judge or paperwork materializes and they go from a prayer and no hope to absolute freedom in a short number of hours.

It doesn't matter how severe the judge usually is, or how much the prosecutor hates you or how lazy your lawyer is, God can, and does, override all those earthly setbacks. . .

What do you put your trust into? How many of us carry insurance. I do. I have trouble even thinking of all the different types of insurance that I have: medical, home owners, auto, life, credit, unemployment, social security . . . probably others. Every month I pay out hundreds, probably more than a thousand dollars to protect me from financial losses of various kinds.

When you think about it, it is like gambling in reverse. When you gamble, you along with hundreds or thousands of people go pay your money for a tiny chance to hit a big jackpot. The odds are set, by the casinos such that it is a certainty that most will lose and not win a thing. The casinos or state lotteries are absolutely going to win, almost everyone else will lose. . . guaranteed! Hundreds, thousands, millions put in and one or two win. Insurance is really the same game only in reverse. The risk tables are determined and the insurance premiums are set up such that the insurance companies will make a profit. That is the basis, just like the casinos. Thousands, really millions of us put money into the insurance companies slot machines and a very few have a fire or auto accident or huge medical bill and are thereby reimbursed against a big loss while the rest of us pay and pay and pay tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime, the rest of us going home guaranteed losers. By far the most of us would be much better off putting away for our own rainy days and staying away from both casinos and insurance agents. The Amish visit neither and somehow seem to thrive. . .

We put our faith and trust into insurance companies to protect us against loss and we feel more secure, many probably sleep better at night knowing, trusting in their insurance policies. How much greater degree of anxiety there would be without our 'insurance', but risk surrounds us in ways we cannot even begin to count, in ways that insurance companies can offer no benefit.

My mother recently had a stroke. I have seen first hand the terrible devastation from one little blood vessel being blocked or springing a leak. The human body has some 60,000 miles of blood vessels. I wasn't able to find how many miles of that was in the brain, but it's a safe assumption that as blood rich as the brain is, that it is a significant proportion of that number. Just for talking, let us say the number is between a half and a third of the total, maybe there are 25,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain. Use some of those vessels and think about that. A distance equal to the circumference of the earth at the equator of tiny little blood vessels. Each inch of these fragile little tubes must maintain it's function and integrity for some four score years or significant damage and loss occurs in your ability to think and function. Every thump of your heart puts significant force on all those tens of thousands of miles of blood vessels and all it takes is one little leak for your ability to speak or to see or hear. . . or even to breathe to be taken away from you.

Risks abound on every side of us. Every time you eat, without thinking about it you depend on the correct functioning of your digestive system to prevent terrible things from happening to you. If the beef protein from your Quarter-Pounder were to enter your bloodstream without being digested properly it would kill you. Everyone's bodies contain cancer cells all the time. Our immune systems usually do a magnificent job of keeping these cells in check. We all have cancer to one degree or another. Only relatively rarely does it become a problem. Every time you drive down the road, you are within inches of certain death. If any of the uncountable cars in the opposing lane veers only a few inches, if the driver sneezes, if he has a blown out tire, a malfunction in his steering mechanism, a heart attack or a stroke, a moment of distraction you will almost certainly die.

I am certain that this is only the scratching of the surface of the nearly infinite possibilities, but there is One who watches over us in all times of risk, our God who saves, Jehovah-Hoshe'ah. We must not fear. We must have faith in God for every contingency.

What. . . who do you put your trust in. . .???

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

I love you my God. . .

Thank you for protecting me. . .
Thank you for saving me. . .

Dave Stokely

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