April 16, 2017. Psalm 56, 120, 140-142
Hope & Security
"I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I cannot feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent."
Scratched into a wall of a concentration camp during the holocaust. A reminder to those suffering unimaginable torture, treated like animals, forgotten, abandoned.
Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Psalm 120:1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.
Psalm 140: 6 O Lord, I say to you, “You are my God.” Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy.
7 O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle –
Reminders from David that he is not alone, that even though he is going through a trying time there is still hope, there is still security in Christ. Even when that feeling of loneliness starts creeping in, even when you cannot seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel; the Light is there.
We, as Christians, have a hope knowing that the battle has already been won for us. Hope in knowing that Christ and his sacrifice have already paid for our sins in full. Hope is a powerful thing. It brings a sense of peace and security.
Psalm 141:8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge – do not give me over to death.
Psalm 142: 4 Look to my right and see; no on is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need, rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
When David felt completely abandoned, knowing that there was no one who worried about him, he had hope knowing that God was there and would rescue him.
Friend, please know you have that same hope. Easter is one of those reminders. Christ died, sacrificed himself, paid a debt we would never be able to pay, and rose again. We have hope and security in that. When nothing else seems like it is going the way we planned, when we are in our darkest moments, cling to that hope, cling to the security in knowing that there is already a place for you next to the King of kings.