March 30

Psalm 71:1-14

“Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.” vss. 3-4

The psalmist had a strong desire for peace and tranquility in his life, and so do we. Our dream is to have meaningful work, loving families, good friends, retire early, and then live contentedly and happily until our deaths. Unfortunately that’s not the way our world is. Not only are we plagued with unforeseen illnesses, broken relationships, and lost jobs, we are also aware that some people are capable of cruel and random behaviors that can cause enormous damage. Such things happen regularly and they trigger all kinds of disquieting responses in our hearts and minds. Not only do we wonder why such things happen, we’re overwhelmed with anger, suspicion, and fear. The psalmist had such feelings too and pleaded with God for protection and rescue. While we might wish for something more palpable, a bubble-like protective environment that would keep all the bad stuff out, our best option is to live like the psalmist, trusting in God as our refuge and strength. While it might not seem like much, that simple faith is enough to give us joy and love even in a world where trouble abounds. In the long run, living by faith brings a far better life than cowering in fear!

Thought for the Day: What’s it like to live in fear?

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