Saturday, June 27, 2015

You are safe with me

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
    and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
    Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 

"You are safe with me."  

I heard these words last night in the testimony of a man as he described the influence of another believer in his life.  The words came from the man he was talking about.  They were profound words for him and they resonated with me as well.

In these days of chaos we wake daily to new fears and worries.  There is the constant threat that all we trust in will be stripped away.  We, as humans, too easily find our security in our jobs, what we have, all we have accumulated and when the threat of losing all of that comes fears rise.

But then comes these words from the Lord, "You are safe with me."  In those few words is a profound and important change in trust.  It's the invitation of many of David's psalms. Instead of trusting all we have, the securities of the world, we are invited to shift our trust to the unchanging one, the Lord of creation, and find in that moment the safety we were always trying to find as we build our fortress of security and money.  

Now, without anything else in our hands, we discover safety against every threat.  Suddenly fear subsides and we see, maybe for the first time, that God is all we need.  "You are safe with me" are words that calm any heart in the midst of the chaos of our world.  "You are safe with me."

He is the only place you will find the safety you seek.  Run to him!

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress.

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