This fresh set of Daily Devotions is being provided for our LCA/NZ family, friends and visitors to help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as we face unsettling times. They can be used by families and individuals as part of the LCA/NZ’s Church@Home resources to encourage us and build trust in our Heavenly Father during this season of uncertainty and physical isolation.
by Ruth Olsen
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This is the third devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:1–8.
‘This I declare about the Lord: he alone is my refuge, my place of safety …’ (Psalm 91:2).
Try speaking that out loud, so that you hear yourself say it. Do so again and again. Let it move from you just saying it, to you actually declaring it out loud, right where you are. Pause for a moment and consider: what has happened through you doing what you just did? Why not talk with him out loud about that? For you are speaking, and declaring, words of faith, relationship, and taking him at his word.
Why can you do this? Because, as the psalmist says, and we can join in: ‘He is my God, and I trust him’. By your speaking and declaring, you have moved your focus away from thoughts of fear, anxiety, or uncertainty regarding the current upheaval of life in our world, and you have fixed your attention to him who holds you in the palm of his hands. Jesus says that no one, nothing, can snatch us out of his hand, nor out of his Father’s hand (see John 10:27–30). Can you picture yourself resting back and relaxing in his hand or leaning against his chest? That’s the nature of the close relationship that Jesus offers us, to know his personal love and care (like the psalmist knew), as well as his corporate love and care for people.
Lord, I bless you that you are my refuge and place of safety! Amen.