God, Preserve Me

by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
daughtersafe.jpgPsalm 31 is a “cry for deliverance out of pressing danger and trouble.” /1 David is seeking relief from the attacks of his enemies. He turns to the Almighty God.
Psalm 31:1-2 discussed the trust we can place in God because he never fails us. When we feel overwhelmed with pain and suffering, he hears our faintest whisper and brings the comfort that we seek.
David’s resolve leads him to proclaim, “For You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 31:3). David sees this in God, despite his distress, because the Father has always filled this role.
When a small child becomes frightened in the night and goes to their father for help, they ask if he will protect him if the bad people come. The father kisses their sweaty forehead and assures them that he will do so. The child knows their Father will be there for them, but they need reaffirmation. Accordingly, the child can return to sleep in peace. They are no longer alone. Their warrior guards the gates.
God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is mightier than anything that will face us. “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You” (Psalm 66:3, NKJV). “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2).
Financial institutions and security companies try to instill this peace of mind. However, they will fail us, being human, no matter what precautions they take. Only God has the ability to be flawless and perfectly dependable.
“It is truly astonishing that more do not commend their spirit to the Lord for safekeeping. Trusting in their own power, or seeking to walk by their own wisdom, they ignore the great refuge that is available in God.” /2
Often without realizing it, we reduce God down to our size. If we cannot accomplish something, then we somehow imagine that God cannot. We must be very attentive to this weakness and never limit God’s abilities in our minds. Satan will try to instill this doubt into our hearts so we must remain vigilant.
Christians must remember that we are safe in Christ. “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). However, the allure to leave God is very real (Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26-31)
“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place” (Psalm 31:7-8). The imagery here is of being in a cramped position where we have severely limited mobility. However, God brings us out of the discomfort and into a wide, safe place where we can breathe and think again.
“For the Lord preserves the faithful” (Psalm 31:23). He holds us tight in his arms, so we can find the peace we cannot obtain anywhere else. He is the consummate comfort!
“Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast, there by his love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.” /3
1/ G. Rawlinson, Psalm, Pulpit Commentary edited by H.D.M. Spence (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1950), 8:226.
2/ Tom Wacaster, “Songs and Devotions of David, Volume 2” (Pulaski: Sain Publications, 2003), 83.
3/ http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/a/f/safearms.htm

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