Psalms for the Journey
We all long to be secure. It is a basic human need. We long to be held safely in someone’s arms, to be hugged and assured that we are safe no matters what is happening all around us. As an adjective, secure means “fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost.” As a verb it means to fix or attach (something) firmly so that it cannot be moved or lost. For example, “pins secure the handle to the main body”. As I read David’s song of asking God to protect him from his enemies, from those who plot to trip him up and destroy him, I am camped on the word secure.
I am reminded of Jesus’ words to His listening disciples. “Jesus answered them, ‘Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.’” John 16:31-33,The Message (MSG)
Mm…”The Father is with me”, says Jesus. Before leaving this earth to go back to heaven, He tells his disciples, (and us), “…be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NLT). As the Father is with the Son, the Son is with us! We are secure! By accepting and believing, we are firmly attached to the One and Only who created us, knows us, and desires to be in relationship with us forever and ever. We are secure in His Holy Presence. Ah, secure.
Psalm 140, The Message
12-13 I know that you, God, are on the side of victims,
that you care for the rights of the poor.
And I know that the righteous personally thank you,
that good people are secure in your presence.
Thank you, Lord for Your Holy Presence in our lives.
In Jesus Name, Amen