Psalm 61:1-4:

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge undder the shelter of your wings!

What wonder it is, Father, that you hear my cry and listen to my prayer. When my heart is faint, which is often, I can call to you from the ends of the earth – and I can be sure that you will hear me. Because of the blood of Jesus, I approach you not as a servant or slave but as a son (Rom 8:15). Just as a prince can command an immediate audience with the king, I can come to you in any moment of need, knowing that you will allow me to enter into your presence. What grace!

Thank you, Jesus, for being the rock that is higher than I (1 Cor 10:4). Thank you for being my refuge and strong tower against the enemy. When Satan’s fiery arrows are flung against me, I stand impenetrable in your righteousness and peace (Eph 6:10-17). When he tempts me to despair, telling me of the sin within, I stand on the sure foundation of your perfect, finished work for me. You are seated at the right hand of the Father – and I am in you (Eph 2:6). How could I despair! Every other foundation upon which I might stand will erode, or sink and crumble, or cause me to slip and fall. But you are sure and secure. You are the rock that is higher than I. Help me to set my heart and my eyes upon you (Col 3:1-2).

Let me dwell in your tent forever! You promise, Father, that in your presence is fullness of joy, that eternal pleasures are at your right hand (Psa 16:11). By your grace you welcome me into your presence, forever and ever. In Christ you have secured that eternal joy for me! Let me dwell there, Lord. Help me to remember that this life is but a pilgrimage to your eternal dwelling place. Here I am nothing but an elect exile (1 Pet 1:1), waiting to experience the glory of eternal refuge under the shelter of your wings. Like a young bird, fragile and vulnerable, I come to you for security and protection in the face of the tumult around me. I come to you, knowing that you care for me, and that I am truly and finally safe only in you (Rom 8:28). Amen.

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