‘I love you, Lord, my strength. 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.’ Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV)
In the last post we pulled off the road through the rugged psalms that we’ve been travelling along and stood for a few moments under the quite tree of reflection. Before we re-join the road, let’s allow the remarkable words at the beginning of Psalm 18 to refresh and strengthen us.
The psalmist reminds himself (and us) of the strengthening, rock-like, delivering, refuge-giving, shield-like, saving and protecting nature of God. Don’t be too hasty to read on. Let me repeat what I’ve just said and, this time, read the words slowly. The psalmist reminds himself (and us) of the strengthening, rock-like, delivering, refuge-giving, shield-like, saving and protecting nature of God.
Aren’t these words that we need to hear? In the earth-quaking moments that we each experience in our lives we need to know that God is the one to whom we can run. Even more amazing than that, God is the one who will run to us and protect us!
‘Safety does not depend on our conception of the absence of danger. Safety is found in God’s presence.’
TJ Back, 1881-1963, missionary to Venezuela