Discovering our source for heavenly grit drives our stress levels DOWN!
Where does heavenly grit come from? Do we manufacture that ourselves? What is God after? Doesn’t He pursue it with relentless determination?
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7 NIV
First Impressions of Heavenly Grit
When we think of Heavenly grit, we think of cancer survivors, military trainees or even Princess (excuse me, I mean GENERAL) Leia Organa. Pictures fill our mind with teeth gnashing through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We see all-nighters with a telephone pole in young men’s laps or crawling through barbed-wire in the mud. We see shooting Stormtroopers in the forest after your arm just got shot.
There’s a different kind of heavenly grit I’m after. I’m talking about an unrivaled tenacity. A tenacity leading to a character described as perseverance. Once we discover our source for heavenly grit, our stress levels go DOWN. Would you enjoy a stress reduction improvement right about now? The strength behind heavenly grit is rooted in Psalm 32:7.
“You are my hiding place” – In referring to God as hiding place (“say’-ther” in Hebrew), the Psalmist is giving us a word picture of concealment, covering, shelter, hide behind. Much like a scared little boy runs to the legs of his daddy when frightened by a loud noise.
“You will protect me from trouble” – tsar is the Hebrew word for adversary. In the masculine voice, this noun refers to inner distress in my spirit. Think *stress*. When we treat God as protector from our adversary and inner stress, we can run to him and find peace and safety. We can relax. We can be free from negative stress! Homeschooling moms, UNITE! Pastors, rejoice!!
“[You] surround me with songs of deliverance” – Three beautiful word pictures in this short phrase in Hebrew that we miss out on in English.
- I’ll start with the “songs” part. The Hebrew noun for song here is “rone,” which isn’t really like singing a Chris Tomlin song in a church service. “Rone” means a “ringing cry,” which is the only usage of this ancient word of its kind in the Old or New Testaments. It is NOT like the “teru-ah” of Joshua 6:20 where the shouts, the blast of war or alarm was sung. This is something more peaceful, but strong nonetheless in its song.
- “songs of deliverance” is referring to escape. The Hebrew is “pal-late'” for deliverance, escape, rescue! He’s singing a peaceful but forceful song about His helping you to escape and of His rescue.
- “[You] surround me” is the Hebrew word saw-bab’, and means to turn about, go around, or surround. In the Accusative, it is to encompass, to encircle. God is literally surrounding you with a song. Whoa.
Holy guacamole! God is circling around me with His song of rescue and escape because I relied upon Him to get me out of my stressful misery! Turning to Him is Heavenly grit. NOT “pulling ourselves up from our bootstraps.” Jesus Christ alone is our hiding place. Our rescue. Our deliverance. The One who sings His protection around us.
Guess what? As a pastor, I spent many years being my own man. I tried relying on conventional wisdom; my own judgment. All the time, my Lord Jesus was standing there available for me to turn to Him and trust Him through my fears or stressors. Sadly, I wouldn’t trust. I liked the comfort of leading my way. How stupid. I’m so sorry, Lord Jesus. You are far better a protector and refuge than my own mind or ways.
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Keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ!