Monday, December 03, 2007

Psalm 27: Safe

"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling.." (v.5)

I am safe,
not because I have no
trouble,
or because I never experience
danger.
I am safe,
not because people affirm
me,
or my plans always
work out.
I am safe,
not because I am immune from
disease,
or free of the potential for
poverty.
I am safe
not because I am protected from
disappointment,
or separated from this
fallen world.
I am safe,
not because I am
wise
or strong.
I am safe,
not because I deserve
comfort or have earned my
ease.
I am safe,
not because of
money
or power,
or position,
or intellect,
or who I know,
or where I live.
I am safe because of the glorious mystery of
grace.
I am safe because of the presence of
boundless love.
I am safe because of
divine mercy,
divine wisdom,
divine power,
divine grace.
I am safe,
not because I never face
danger,
but because you are
with me in it.
You have not given me
a ticket out of danger.
You have not promised me
a life of ease.
You have chosen to place me in
a fallen world.
I am safe
because you have given me
the one thing
that is the
only thing
that will ever keep me safe.
You have given me
You.
I am safe
from my evil heart
and this shattered world,
not because I can escape
them both,
but because in the middle of
temptation and trial,
danger and disappointment
sickness and want,
You give me everything
I need to
fight temptation
and avoid defeat
and to point others
to the safety
that can only be found
in You.
So, I will wake up tomorrow
and face the anxiety
of not knowing,
the fear of my own weakness,
and the reality of the fall.
I will live with
faith,
courage,
perseverance,
and hope.
And when danger comes,
and it will,
I will whisper to
my weakening heart,
"Emmanuel is your shelter,
You are safe."

8 Comments:

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul,
As I enter these days of Christmas without my mother for the first time, it is a great comfort to know He does carry me.
DAV

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blessed me beyond words this morning, thank you for this post. Blessings to you.

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your words have blessed me. This post appeared the same day my daughter was approached about going to serve a family in a difficult country. I will cling to these words. Thank you.

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Charlie said...

Transparent, honest, self-aware confession before a loving, caring, gracious savior. This is the way to handle fear and anxiety. No pretense, no illusion that it will ever completely go away. Just drink from the endless well of mercy that Jesus offers us as we thirst for relief from the opression caused by sin within and without. Thank you.

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM SAFE! WE ARE SAFE!!

 
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