It’s hard to sleep at night with the realization that you may wake up with your house tumbling into the ocean. Such is the case of many Oregonian coast dwellers watching in apprehension each winter as Pacific waves continue to steadily devour beach and sand dune. The importunate cries of desperate homeowners have reached lawmakers who must decide whether to allow the emplacement of huge boulders that would form a wall against the water.
Psalm 40:2--He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.
The destructive power of storms is like the asperity of sin. Psalm forty is David’s prayer for God’s mercy. “For troubles without number have surrounded me; my sins have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my courage leaves me” (40:12). Yet in the midst of adversity, David realized the saving power of His heavenly Father. As a man who personally experienced divine safeguarding, he becomes a singing testimony to others of his awesome Deliverer (40:3).
Without God, life is like trying to climb out of a clay-soaked cavern. Each attempt to climb higher is matched by a slide downward. But when we place our trust in Jesus, God pulls us from the slimy sin-lined hole whose bottom is forever separated from His presence, to place us on the solid rock—His Son. Only Jesus can say “HELL NO!” The hammering of Satan cannot split this Rock. The drilling bit of every enemy breaks upon this Stone. No power on earth, no force beyond can overcome those whose foundation is laid in Christ. Blessed is the person whose confidence is in the Rock that knows not the taste of erosion. Jesus is our safeguarding Savior. And you can rest assured on that.
We are kept where we are unconscious of the need to be kept. Thank God for His safeguarding, for His salvation that keeps us, waking and sleeping, conscious and unconscious, in danger and out of it.—Oswald Chambers in The Servant As His Lord
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)