February 23, 2020
- This Psalm started with distress and ends in rest. A journey of prayer takes you from the insecurities of human disappointments and failed formulas to the peaceful residence of Divine safety. In His arms we are free from harm. In his care we have confidence to spare. Within the walls of His grace disturbances are silent, haunting accusers are rendered powerless; death’s sickle is dulled; a demons fury fizzles; what originally distressed you now seems a distant memory in the angel guarded environs of the King of Kings. If you’re in the foreign forest, fear probably rules your mind and keeps your eyes wide and anxious; but if you are in the fortress of truth fear subsides, anxiety takes a break, panic is put on pause and calmness soothes the chaos-plagued heart.
- The Hebrew modifier for only is le-ba-dad (which sounds kind of like lay by dad); it describes God as the only true safety and security for the soul. How appropriate that in our worst nightmares our heavenly Father graciously and tenderly calls for us to come and “lay by Dad.” Can you imagine a more restful scenario? Could better comfort be found in any human establishment? What could possibly exceed the protective love and affection of our Heavenly Father? Don’t forget, “God is love.” Sometimes we need to remember that God is not the despotic Sadist looking to gleefully harm the human heart. He loves. He liberates. He leads. And he gives an atmosphere of quiet from the tempests of life that never fails. Listen now…
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