On Monday, I had quite the list of things to do. Some of them were “have-to-do’s” like a doctor’s appointment and picking up some groceries. Others were “get-to-do’s” like taking my younger daughter to lunch and FaceTiming with my older daughter who’s at college (which I did from the Target parking lot 🙂 I got home in the afternoon and felt like I needed a nap to recover!
It’s easy enough to get overwhelmed with just our normal to-do list. Add to that seasons of life where we’re struggling with a health issue or a difficult relationship or being the primary caregiver for a loved one, and we can struggle to keep going. Maybe you’re waiting on God’s direction in a certain area or feeling lonely or afraid. It could be that you’re defeated by a particular sin that keeps tempting you.
But when we know the Lord, there’s always hope for us. As I was reading in Psalms last week, I came to chapter 18, verse 2.
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.“
What a blessing that verse is!! Do you see all the things our God is for us?! Let’s look at each one of them.
The Lord is my…
Out God is firm and immovable. Sadly, people, as well-meaning as they may be, can let us down. Not God. If ever there’s been a year of instability and uncertainty, this one qualifies! Yet our God is steadfast. He never changes. [Malachi 3:6]
Our God offers us the ultimate safety and protection. Through Him, we are secure no matter what circtumstances threaten to overwhelm us. Attacks may come, but as we abide in Him, they can’t harm us. In the midst of chaos, He gives peace. [Isaiah 26:3]
I don’t know what situation you’re facing today, but God can be your deliverer. He redeems our brokenness. He delivers from loneliness. He rescues us in our troubles. Our God frees us from the power of sin. [Psalm 34:17-19]
When we can’t go on, He can give us His power. Hard times come to all of us. Yet when we are weak, He gives strength. [Isaiah 41:10]
I’d forgotten what a “buckler” was, so I had to look it up! It’s a small shield, a piece of defensive armor. Our God shields us and preserves us. He’s our living protector, our defense against attacks from our enemies, including the devil. [Psalm 138:7]
6. Horn of salvation.
A horn is a symbol of power and victory. God has the power to give us eternal salvation. Through Him, we can also have victory over sin today and over death in the future. [1 Corinthians 15:54-57]
7. High tower.
God is our refuge. Go to Him. That place of safety isn’t mine if I refuse to go there. And you know what? The perspective from a high tower is a lot different than what you’ll see just standing on the ground. We need His perspective on our problems. They’ll seem a lot more manageable! [Psalm 121]
Which of these do you need God to be for you today? Are you wavering in your faith? Let Him be your rock. Are you facing a situation that seems to much for you to handle? He’s your deliverer. All of these things that God is to us prove that we can trust Him with all that comes today and all that our future may hold.
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