Finding Shelter from the Enemy

Three Seasons in Iceland

Sanctifying the Day

Read Psalm 142

Over and over the Scripture, God’s testimony to His people, declares that He is our refuge. Psalm 142 is one of those places were God announces that He is a protector from those who pursue us.

1.    a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. 
       “he was forced to take refuge in the French embassy”

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

David prays from a cave. He has been attacked. He has had spears thrown at him. He has been chased from his home, his family and his friends but he still has one companion who will listen to his voice (1 Samuel 17-31). So the cave floor becomes the altar of his devotion.  Read his words slowly.

1 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
  no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
Attend to my cry,
 for I am brought very low!
   Deliver me from my persecutors,
 for they are too strong for me!
Bring me out of prison,
 that I may give thanks to your name!
  The righteous will surround me,
 for you will deal bountifully with me.

He will deal bountifully with you. He can’t do otherwise. He, YHWH, is good and does good.

A Benediction

“May you remember and believe
who your LORD is.
May your heart cry out to Him
in confidence, through the pain of every sorrow.
And may His righteousness and His faithfulness,
and His bounty draw your heart to Him.”

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