March 15 – Safety and Shelter

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” – Psalm 27:5 (ESV)

Isn’t it true that one of our greatest desires is to live in security? But, we don’t always, and we need protection now and again. The Psalmist, in this song, is seeking help and finds the close presence and fellowship of God. If we read the first verse we find a fitting title; “The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation.” David’s conclusions about the result of such fellowship is that those who abide with God are safe. This is true even if physical harm comes our way but our spiritual life is hidden in his shelter when we are in the midst of trouble in this world. The dangers we face come from both physical and spiritual sources. We may succumb to the results or effects of physical assaults and our adversaries may intend to take us down, they can only affect what is our temporal being. Our spiritual lives with God are safe for He has lifted us out of the danger and sets us upon a high rock well out of the reach of the enemy. The LORD God is our Light and our Salvation, He has promised us that!

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December 1 – Otherwise Too High

From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2 (NASB)

Although King David was not actually at the end of the earth, it felt like that to him. He was in exile from his city Jerusalem. Perhaps each of us have been in a place away from home that seems like the end of the world for us. Absalom tried to overthrow his father and seize the throne of Israel.  Discouraged and exhausted, he needs to be led out of danger to a place of safety. David cries to God and pleads that God would hear and respond to his prayers. He has a specific request that God would lead him to the rock that “is otherwise too high for me.” He asked God to lead him to a rock that was higher than any place he had so far attained and could not do so on his own⸺he needed God to lead him there. God has things to show us, each which are beyond anything we have yet experienced. This is the promise we have that when we need Him, God is here with us, leading us to greater things in our lives and to new promises in our spiritual life we need God to lead us to.

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