READING: 1 Samuel 21-24, Psalm 91
“When he calls out to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble.”
Each day that I read the newspaper, I can’t avoid the realities of danger and death all around the world. From the front page to the back page are stories of anguish and pain. Obituaries speak of old and young alike; all of us die, and some at surprisingly young ages. I have occasionally heard it said that “religion is just for the weak,” and I deny that conclusion overall – but I also admit that my faith in Jesus does indeed give me hope and strength in a world I can’t control. I admit that I find comfort in scriptures like Psalm 91.
I need to know that God is “my refuge and my fortress” (Psa. 91:2), the one who grants me safety under His wings. It does me good to know that he can protect me from traps, battles, plagues, and enemies. He may choose to do otherwise, of course, but I can always trust that He loves me enough to allow what is best for me and for His glory. If I have a long life, it will be because He has chosen to grant it to me.
My prayer today is that God will say of me what He said of the psalmist: that I have made the Lord my dwelling place, that my heart is set on Him, that I know His name, and that I call out to Him in times of trouble. I want to rest in Him.
- Use the latter paragraph of this devotion to evaluate your life. Would God say of you what He said of the psalmist?
- Whatever you face today, call out to God quickly.
PRAYER: “Father, be my dwelling place today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Catch up and review