As basketball fans, we find ourselves often yelling the hopeful chant, “De-fense! (clap, clap) De-fense!” What we mean is that we want our team to stop the other team from gaining an advantage. You see, when our team is on defense, the other team has the ball. Without our team’s intervention, the opponent could score.
Psalm 62:5-6 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be moved” (NKJ, emphasis added). When challenges and life’s negative circumstances seem to be getting the upper hand, we can yell out to God, “De-fense! (clap, clap) De-fense!” He is our center, towering over the height of every problem. He is our guard, effectively blocking every charge of the opposition. And He is our power forward, rejecting the shots of disappointment and defeat designed to score points against our advancement and success.
Psalm 94:22-23 echoes the same sentiment. “But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the LORD our God shall cut them off” (NKJ, emphasis added).
Get your shout on! De-fense! (clap, clap) De-fense!
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