Monday, June 9, 2008

Source of our Security

“God, hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer. I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to the rock that is high above me, for You have been a refuge for me, a strong tower in the face of the enemy. I will live in Your tent forever and take refuge under the shelter of Your wings.” (Psalm 61:1-4 CSB)

Benjamin Franklin once said, “The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” Although his words have a cynical ring to them, they do point out that there are many uncertainties in this life. Each day truly is a new day. While there may be routines we follow, even so we never know what a particular day is going to bring. It could be something wonderful, or it could be something tragic. Or, it could just be something between those extremes.

The uncertainties of life often produce insecurity as well. Not knowing what could come in a day creates for some a sense of insecurity. That insecurity is heightened when we face circumstances that we know are threatening in some way.

This uncertainty and insecurity of life creates a need in us to seek security. We are, in fact, created in such a way that it is natural for us to seek safety, to find security. The greatest security we can possibly have is the security that comes from God.

Those of us who have experienced the security that comes from the Lord can testify that there is nothing in this life that can even come close to it. Money cannot provide real security, because it is here one day and gone the next. Property cannot provide security, for the same reason. Relationships with family and friends, as much as those mean to us, cannot provide the real depth of security that our hearts are created to find. The hole in our hearts can only be filled by one Source, and that is God.

We who have experienced this understand fully what David was talking about in Psalm 61. We cry out to God wherever we may be, when our hearts are without strength, seeking Him and His strength. He leads us to a high rock above the floods. He is like a strong tower, and in Him we know we can take refuge. Whatever the experiences or circumstances, we trust our very lives into His hands. That is true security. That is real freedom.

Lord, We thank You for Your care of us, for all that You provide. We sing Your praise. Amen.

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