Verse for Today: Friday, November 18, 2011
Psalms 94:22 – But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
When we are under attack from various corners, it is natural that we seek a hiding place. As we go through rough waters, our ship needs an anchor so that we would not sink. When we pass through slippery places here on earth, we need a rock on which we can stand firm. In such situations, the testimony of the Psalmist is a great encouragement for us. He has found a fortress and a rock in times of adversity. In the midst of attack from the enemy to annihilate him, he would not be shaken because his fortress is not human or material, but the Lord who is mighty in deeds and power. He demonstrates His mighty power to rescue His children from peril. He primarily keeps the minds of His children from getting agitated. All their fears are wiped out when they see the demonstration of His mighty power in protecting them as they take refuge in Him. Along with that, He protects them physically so as to give them safety and security. The Lord as our refuge and fortress guarantees our safety. Once we are in this fortress which is the Lord and His presence, we can leave all our cares to Him and relax. Nothing untoward will ever come to us because we have a divine guarantee that our Lord is sufficient to help us to withstand all the pressures of life. When the enemy sends his darts towards us, they do not have the strength to penetrate the strong walls of our fortress. Our Lord keeps us from becoming anxious and fearful about our safety now and in the future. But in order to appreciate and enjoy the safety available to us in the fortress which is our Lord, we must go and dwell in His safety. We must leave all our cares totally and absolutely to Him and resolve to remain calm. We must be willing to leave our safety to Him along with all the fears and doubts that we are encountered with. He is faithful and mighty to honor our faith and keep our hearts from doubts and confusion. He will keep us calm and composed in times of great adversities and opposition in this world and He guarantees our security.
Dear friend, are you being tossed around by the wind and the waves in the sea of life today? Are the fiery darts of the enemy coming your way and are these arrows taking away your confidence, courage and joy and make you tremble? But no matter where you are today, and how vulnerable your situation is, there is no cause for any alarm. You can lift up your head and see your Lord, who is the tower of strength standing out for you. His promises are also standing out for you to see from your place of turmoil or adversity. His power is demonstrated in all of creation which you can observe, and take courage in His power and strength which are for you to make use of in times of trials and tribulations. He is the never changing Lord who will be with you when you are all alone to fight your battles. When circumstances isolate you, He is the God who is near you to touch your heart and remove loneliness. When you are intimidated by the enemy, He comes to be you and shields you under His wings. Because your feet are on your Lord who is the Rock of Ages, no force on earth can rattle you. Remember, if you depend on earthly forces and resources around you, it will end up in gross disappointment because they make powerless and empty promises. The only mountain from where help will come is your Lord and the other tall mountains around you are only museum pieces. Your Lord is your help in times of gravest needs and situations. Today you have the privilege to run to the Lord who is the fortress and tower of strength, and to stand firm on the Rock of Ages to weather away any adversity that might try to blow you away.
Psalms 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Thought for Today
Instead of running away from situations, we should run to the Lord who is our divine fortress for refuge and strength.
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