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A Great Comfort

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

-Psalms 27:1-5 _________________________________________________________________________________

Sometimes I let the pressures of life get to me and I start to worry about every little thing (and some major ones). Much of what I concern myself with has not even happened-- but could happen. That can be enough for me to start a campaign of stressful contemplation, as I consider how to manage things and assure the right outcome. It's hard work, both physically and emotionally taxing-- and offers little in the way of compensation. The price is too great to continue shopping in that mall I call a mind!

But then there's God. In fact, there is always God. If I added prayer and Bible study to that agenda of trying to control everything, I might find I would abandon it and simply learn to rely completely on my Father in Heaven Who gives me access to Him through my Lord and Savior Jesus.

The word "pavilion" in verse 5 actually means protective covering (thanks to John Morris for explaining that in a recent "Days of Praise" devotional post). We pay so much in this country for protective coverings in the form of insurance and extended warranties to help cushion against the blow of unexpected trouble-- be it materially or physically.  I can remember hearing from my parents about the importance of having a "blanket policy" to cover themselves from liability. Why, then, is it so easy to overlook the most important type of insurance policy we can have, that which is for our soul and provided by a loving and all-powerful God for the mere asking?

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. -Psalms 27:14 

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