September 8

I heard a commercial on the radio the other day asking if you had talked with your children about an evacuation plan in the case of emergency.  We recently have heard the stories of people surviving Hurricane Harvey.  Today I was reading, and came across this plan for emergency situations: “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.” (Psalm 61:1-4).

These verses touch my heart on multiple levels.  I am thankful that we have a God Who hears when we cry out to Him.  He “attends unto my prayer.”  Can you believe that God stops whatever He is doing and pays attention to the things that concern us?  The other thing is that there is no place I can be that is hidden from God.  He is a shelter … He is a strong tower … He is a tabernacle (a place of worship) … He has wings that we can hide under.  It does not matter what challenges we will face in life, He has the answer for us. 

It does not matter who the enemy is that is confronting us, they are no match for God.  When Goliath marched down the valley of Elah and challenged the armies of Israel, all the Israelites shook in fear.  All the Israelites were fearful because they compared Goliath to themselves.  David showed up and saw Goliath as he compared to God.  David had no fear of Goliath because he had complete trust in the God He described in these verses in Psalm 61.  These verses above describe God in terms that came from a man who knew what it was to be on the run from a pursuing enemy.  These verses were written from a man whose son even pursued him to take away his kingdom. 

Now, I am hopeful that no enemy is chasing after you right now, but the chances are if they are not now, they will be.  I don’t know how often you feel overwhelmed with the weight of the responsibilities that are facing you.  I don’t know how often you feel like simply running to your God and hiding under His wings.  I do know what you are facing today, but I do know that whatever it is, it pales in comparison when you consider what a great God you serve!  He is bigger than anyone you will face.  He is a secure place even in difficult situations.  In the world we are living, it is nice to know that we have a safe location that we can run and hide.  I am not opposed to having an evacuation plan, but I would much rather have the wings of my God to hide under!

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