Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stand by Me

I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength. Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.  --Psalms 18:1-2 (ASV)

Winters in the Pacific Northwest bring surges of heavy rain and strong winds.  The ocean off the Washington coast gets storm tossed with high waves that crash in with a force that brings awareness of the power God has placed into nature.  Only the large rocks on the beach stand firm against the pounding waves.  I think of these rocks when I read: My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge...

God gives us a fortress to hide within when the storms of life rage.  We can pull ourselves into a quiet place and hide ourselves safely held with an anchor and rock from whatever besets itself on us.  But more than just passive protection, God takes an active part in defending us with a shield and calling help for us with the horn of salvation.

When we find ourselves in the throes of anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed take time to cling to our stalwart God and hang tough trusting the help we need is coming.

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.  When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.  Amen.  (Hymn by Charles Albert Tindley, "Stand by Me")

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