“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock…the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior…” 2 Samuel 22:3.

This past Friday I was at our weekly nightly prayer and worship gatheringcalled “The Gathering” we hold in Huntsville.  One of the persons praying used the word Yeshuah for the name of Jesus.  Yeshuah is the Hebrew word for “salvation” which means savior, deliverer, avenger. It is also the Hebrew name for Jesus. It was one of David’s favorite words to describe the LORD in the Psalms, which may have been why God said that he was a man after His own heart! Listen how he uses this word in a few of his songs; “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:5. And finally, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12.

David found his identity and greatest strengths in the presence of the LORD. A thousand years before Jesus Christ, David sang about Him, looking forward and hoping in the day of His coming. The question is, do you? So many see their identity in the pain of condemnation and ridicule from others who know nothing but pain and blame. Hurt people, hurt people, even those closest to them. The image they see in the mirror is one of guilt and shame. All they can do is pass it on to others. But you have a choice as to which mirror you will look into for your identity. God has given you His word so that you can see what He sees. And He sees you in His Son, Jesus Christ; and so can you, if you are willing to look.

Today as you begin another work week, look into the word of God and behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ. You were created after His likeness. This is who God has called you to be like. He is your true identity and in Him you are loved, changed, and highly favored; with a future and great hope! Today you can sing like David, The Lord is my light and my salvation; Jesus Christ!

In Jesus’ name I pray amen!

My ODC family, I pray this morning as you begin your day in front of a mirror readying yourself for work, the gym, or what ever is on your agenda, you will see and claim your identity as a son or daughter of the Lord God, an heir to the throne with Christ, and a tabernacle of the Holy Spirit.  Please pray the same for me.  God bless you my friends!!

Gary Liederbach

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