Refuge now and beyond!
Verse for Today: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Psalms 7:1 – O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me.
It is difficult to see how a great and courageous warrior like David becomes so weak as to cry out of helplessness. He had no crisis of confidence when he faced Goliath and won series of victories for Israel. But when he was attacked with words of mockery and ridicule by a weakling like Cush, David was shaken and bewildered. David realized that the despising words of one of his servants at a time when he was running away from his own son Absalom was far beyond what he could take. It broke his heart and took away his confidence. He felt that there was impending danger awaiting him. He was so deeply discouraged and felt like a helpless baby. He realized that the old soldier in him was long gone and in its place, there was only a skeleton. He had no one else to talk to and no other place to go to. But David knew that when all others forsook him, there would still be a place and a person to go to. Out of desperation, David sang a song of total dependence on the Lord. He declared that he had no refuge other than the Lord and so he submitted to Him for rescue, deliverance, restoration and peace. His plea was a clear indication of his realization that his enemy was powerful like a lion that could tear him to pieces. When we follow the path of David in totally surrendering to the Lord and declaring our absolute helplessness, the Lord would answer us and send deliverance. The cry of David encourages us today to humble ourselves before God for Him to lift us up. His ears are open to our cries and His eyes behold our tears. He sees our situations well before we even realize the dangers that loom large around us.
Dear friend, are you a helpless weakling crying like a baby for rescue from imminent danger in your situation? Do you feel threatened because your present situation seems more dangerous than any other that you had experienced in the past? But don’t you forget that your Lord who called you out is alive and He is watching what is going on around you. Don’t forget for a moment that your Lord is in control of your situation. You are perturbed because you have not yet seen the end, but are agitated by seeing the beginning of the fallout. Your Lord is working out your rescue and deliverance. The present predicament is permitted in your life to teach you to humbly depend on the Lord for rescue. He wants you to reach a stage when you realize that your might, past victories, resourcefulness and supporters will not be able to help you. In fact, many of your supporters might be waiting for an opportunity to pull your legs. Today God is showing you that He is the only help available. He wants you to learn that you cannot depend on any one else or anything else to solve your problems. He wants you to submit yourself and your problems to Him to resolve it His way. When you are desperate and go to Him confessing Him as your only hope, He will answer you and rescue you. He has already given you promises about your future and will not relent. He wants you to hold on to the Promise Giver and have absolute faith in Him. This is not the time to wallow over your situation and give up. It is time to trust God to send you help and refuge and wait for His time.
Psalms 27:5 – For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Thought for Today
When we see the beginning of trouble in our situations, our God sees its end the way He has resolved it.
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