Day 184: Safe and secure (Psalm 11-20)

Posted: October 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16

In a world so full of pressure, stress, uncertainty and anxiety, it’s hard to believe that anything is secure. Powerful leaders come and go, nations rise and fall, banks and high level companies bite the dust, role models and figures lose their credibility in the public eye – is anything really secure in this world?

Well, I can think of one thing. If you answered – “The promise of eternal life in Heaven for those who believe in Christ,” we have a winner! This is a promise you can take to the bank, take out a safety deposit box and put away, because God doesn’t break His promises.

I love David’s choice of words, describing his feeling when God is beside Him. “I will not be shaken.” The confidence he had in God, especially in some of the circumstances he faced, persecution from Saul, his sins with Bathsheba and the subsequent fallout – to say “I will not be shaken” in the face of th storm can be hard! Sometimes I feel like I just crumble like an old chocolate chip cookie, unwilling to reach out to the LORD, asking for help, praying and speaking with God.I just throw up my hands in exasperation and give up on whatever is facing me instead of dealing with it. The easy way out.

Through everything that life has thrown my way, in times of great stress and even in times of success, I have confidence that God’s promise of eternal life – the hope of something greater – will never be shaken, and in return, I too will never be shaken, especially when it comes to standing up and defending Christ! He will never abandon me at the grave, leave me in times of great trial or desert me when I need Him most. Although it may not feel like it sometimes, He is always watching, working and loving. How comforting is that?

It’s funny, I was just having this conversation with a friend today. We get so caught up in what we have, what we can buy, which status we are involved in, and then get depressed when something doesn’t go our way. Instead, we should focus on Christ, because He is the only thing we need to survive. Not cars, houses and toys. Jesus. In this, we can take confidence and great joy, because our Savior is enough!

So take heart today! Jesus loves you, and that’s all that matters. Even when things seem like they are bumping around, moving around the board and shuffling uncontrollably, the fact of the matter is if you believe in Christ, you are about as safe and secure as it comes! Amen! I will not be shaken!

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