Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Where Cross The Crowded Ways Of Life"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 89:26 – He will call out to me, "You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior." (NIV)
We all get distressed at times. We fall out with someone at home, and we ache emotionally for the rest of the week. Something that we've planned goes awry, and we get stressed trying to fix it. A conflict arises at work, which depletes both our energy and our time. Someone at school bullies us, and we just don't know what to do. Those moments can make us feel isolated and vulnerable, injured and anxious. We have only so much strength to deal with such things, and we can easily withdraw within ourselves. I'm an introvert, so that's what I also tend to do during troubled moments.
But I also look for some consoling word, some comforting verse, or some piece of wisdom that God can give me from the Bible. Usually, I find that the book of Psalms contains all sorts of precious nuggets that will nurture me out of my place of distress to somewhere brighter and peaceful. Today's highlighted verse, for instance, reminds us that the great warrior, King David, had moments in his life when all sorts of trouble affected him. God, however, didn't desert him while he wallowed in his distress; He allowed and even encouraged David to cry out to God and claim Him as "Father" to protect him, as "Rock" to steady him, and as "Saviour" to rescue him.
It was a beautiful promise and blessing to bestow on David, but it's also one that we can rely on today. God will protect us; God will steady us; God will rescue us.
Question: What do I need God to help me with today?
Prayer: O God, Protector, Rock, and Saviour, You know all that affects us today. Grant us Your blessing of safety, security, and assurance. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.