“I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:5)
Can I ask you a question, my friend? Where do you turn to refuge when the storms start to rage and waves threaten to push you under? Where do you search for a safe place to hide in when the darkness shackles you and you past or your present tries to destroy your path onwards?
Dear friend, the best way for us is to turn to the Lord in these difficult, trying times. When you find yourself in that place of discouragement or fear, despair or hurt. There is no safer place to be in than to be with our Lord. When David turns to the Lord, he is overwhelmed and alone, with no one to help him as the enemy set out snares for him. When facing this trial, David first cries out to the Lord, surely with despair and pain woven strong into his prayers.
“For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” (Psalm 116:9)
David turns to the Lord and cries out to Him. But what is more important is the next step. David recalled on the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord from the past. David recalled what he knew to be true: that the Lord is his refuge and his portion in the land of the living. When David did this, he found what we all can find when we look to our Lord and Savior.
The Lord is our refuge; our safe place to hide in and to take shelter in. He is our refuge; protecting us from dangers and darkness, difficulties and despair. With Him, we can still hold on to hope because we know Him to be faithful and good.
He is also our portion in the land of the living; He is all that we need. Though at times it may be easier to think that in heaven all will be finally well — this stands true for now, too. Our health may fail, we might be discouraged or hurting or just plain weak in the midst of these struggles — but God remains the strength of our heart, and He is ours forever.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
Is this not so very true, beloved? Yes, we have known many raging storms and darkness deeper than the darkest pit of our soul. Yes, we have had our dreams shattered and our hopes frozen like a pond on the coldest January morning. Yes, we have lost pieces of our heart and we know these pieces of our soul have been destroyed by those we never thought could do such a thing.
But we know that we have not taken a single step alone in this journey of life. Never have we been alone. All these struggles and trials, all this hurt and weariness — God can use them to grow in us something that is not of this world, something so beautiful as more of Him is found in our hearts.
This week, my friend, let us pray that we are able to surrender all to our Almighty God, knowing that He can use everything for good. Let us pray that in the midst of trials and tribulations, He would open our eyes to see the work He is doing in us and through us, knowing that the suffering of this time is nothing compared to the glory revealed in us.
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