January 30

Psalm 71:1-6

“Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” vs. 6

For the psalmist the Lord was not some divine being who existed apart from creation and who periodically checked in to see how he was doing. Not at all! The God he loved and worshipped was intimately present to him…the Lord was a rock and had tenderly breathed life into him at his birth. At no moment of the psalmist’s life would God be absent from him…and he could call on him always…God would be as close as his breath. What a comfort it is to know that our God is so connected to our hearts and minds! Of course there will be times when we wander from God…at least it seems as though we do…in reality that’s not possible. But there are other powers in the universe and we can often feel their influence…ugliness and evil are close at hand. In those moments it feels so good to call on the God who has never gone away, the God in whom we live and move and have our being. The God who brought us into existence will sustain us in times of danger and despair and give hope when our enemies come near. Even though we aren’t protected from every calamity we do find our strength in the Lord. In our God we have eternal security, and therefore with the psalmist our praise is continually of the Lord.

Thought for the Day: What is my major source of security?

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