“So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.” 2 Samuel 5:20
Water can be peaceful or powerful. Some of my most precious quiet moments have been while watching the sunrise over a glassy, still lake. My soul has been stirred by the trickling sound of water running through a creek in the woods on an otherwise noiseless winter day. Moving water however can be dangerous and powerful! I remember the sound of waves breaking on the rocks as I gazed across the ocean. The relentless power of water has created the Grand Canyon. Maybe you can recall images of destruction caused by a flash flood or tsunami.
King David uses this powerful imagery to describe our God. In fact, David even names the town after this wonderful truth about God’s character. We worship Baal Parazim, the Lord of the breakthrough! God broke through David’s enemies like a flash flood tearing across the countryside. This is one of my favorite names for God because it challenges me to grow my faith in God and trust Him for a breakthrough in my own life.
Let us claim this truth about our God as we celebrate 60 years of growth at Cedar Hills. Let us not settle for normal life, when God has called us to abundant life! What is a breakthrough you need to ask God for in your personal life? What would it look like for God to breakthrough in your family? How will the Corridor be transformed if God accomplished awesome breakthroughs in our church, and “breaks out” of these walls?
Thank You for giving David, and Your people Israel, victory through Your breakthrough power! Help us grow our faith today and we ask for great breakthroughs here at Cedar Hills, in our families and community. Amen.