By Breanna Alverson
“Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalms 34:5)
Recently I had a very dear friend laugh, as we were catching up sharing stories about what God had been doing during our summers, lean forward and say, “God is just such a diamond.” It seemed like a good picture for God. I shrugged it off without much thought at the time, but the idea stuck with me. Through various events, my thinking changed and God revealed Himself to me as my diamond, my rock and my forever.
The Bible is a collection of 66 books with different genres and authors. Much of it is poetry, such as the books of Psalms, Song of Solomon and Lamentations. While poetry may not initially strike us as interesting, many people really do love it, just in other forms. This can include music, thought-provoking quotes, etc. In the Bible, poetry is used to break our well-worn paths of thought and challenge us to consider complex and intangible truths in a new light, particularly in the case of describing God.
In Psalms 18:2, David describes God by saying, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” In this piece of poetry, we see the truth that God is unmovable – the epitome of strength and safety. In a 900 BC culture, any young shepherd and warrior, such as David, would agree that rock formations and mountains represent and serve as safety from both the elements and enemies. Consider the full meaning and implications of David’s comparison of God to a rock, as a place of refuge.
In a similar manner, Psalms 18:14 says, “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” The psalmist is speaking about the covenant God had with the people of Israel, which we now have as believers through Christ. In contemplating the truth conveyed here in this passage, we can clearly see that God is forever. He is unchanging and has no end, which is as true today as it was when this passage was written.
With these two descriptions from the Psalms, we can see God is our rock, our strength and stronghold as well as our forever, our present and our future. With these truths in mind, I began to understand the weight of what my friend had said during our conversation. God is so intricate and beautiful that in each season we see something new about Him. We can forever marvel at the character and movements of God, because we can never see the whole picture of Him all at once. He is equally merciful as He is just, peaceful as He is power, father as He is Lord; the list describing Him goes on and on.
God is my diamond. He is my rock, my forever, my gift and my treasure. As I ponder and consider His character, carefully examining each face of His intricate self, I am in awe of all that He is. Like a bride examining the diamond on her ring finger, I can cherish His steadfastness, love and relationship with confidence, knowing that He chose me and wants me forever.
In every season and with each day, seek to see something different about the Lord who loves us so unconditionally. Treasure Him with faithfulness like a wife, lovingly committed and devoted to her husband. May your face be radiant as you look to the Lord and see Him again and again with new eyes and fall deeper and deeper in love with Him as our creator!
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