Friday, November 20, 2009

Our Gentle Fortress

"But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress." Psalm 59:16 NLT

We live in a scary world right now. As you turn on the TV or the radio, you hear about some sad person going on a shooting rampage, the unemployment rate is sky high, people are losing their homes, children are doing things that we wouldn't even think about doing--the list goes on.

That is what is so amazing about this verse. Oh, I know, the Bible is full of such amazing verses, but this is the one the Lord showed to me this morning. It's such an amazement to me that God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that we would need a verse that reminds us that even in all the craziness--whether in the old testament times or now--we have His unfailing love, His strong, gentle arms to wrap around us and keep us safe.

You know, craziness and uncertainty isn't always a worldly thing. It could be just a private, spiritual, personal thing that you are going through.

I don't always do well when there is a change in my life. It doesn't matter whether it is a good change or a bad change, I get very insecure. Don't ask me why, it just is. I eventually adapt to it but in the meantime, I'm in turmoil--and that's what I'm going through that right now. I fight the feeling of uncertainty, of not quite knowing how my place in life or the friendships developed are going to be affected by this change. I've been laying this insecurity, unsure feelings, at His feet for a week now, but it's still there nagging at me. And then the Lord brings a verse like this to me, I am so humbly grateful. What an AWESOME God that loves us so much that He meets us where we need Him.

I share this with you only so that you hopefully will see that nothing is too little or too great for our Lord to want to take care of it for us. He desires and is delighted when we give to Him all the things that we fear, our insecurities, our uncertainties, feelings that we may not even understand--and allow Him to do with them as He sees fit. But be warned--when we give them to Him, you MUST leave them with Him. It's so hard for us to let go, even of our garbage. But we must. Fight the urge to 'help' Him. He doesn't need it.

Our God is the strongest, gentlest and most gracious fortress you will ever need. Just praise Him and love Him and have faith in Him. He will do the rest.


  1. Change and letting go is really hard.For me, this has been a year of letting go of "stuff" and realizing He has the control not us. This is really a scarry place when letting go,and we have to let others "do the job" because it is not our place to get involved anymore.
    Sorry for the rambling.
    Have a bless Thanksgiving
    God bless
    With His Love

  2. Dear Merlin,

    Thank you so much for sharing your feelings. It's such a blessing to hear that others feel the same feelings. I know that you are such a wise and gentle witness of the Lord to your family. Please hold on to that fact--even if you don't feel like you are--I know you are one for me. Thank you also for just being you.