“Praise be to the Lord, for He showed me the wonders of His love when I was in a city under siege.” Psalm 31:21 The situation David went through could be similar to what some of us may be going through. It may seem that there is no way out of this dilemma. Thank God David did not stay in that place forever. Instead, he tells the Lord, “Yet You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.” We too can call on Him for help. And when we do that like David, He will set us free and plant us in a safe and spacious place.
God promised the prophet Zechariah that in the last days, He would be a protective wall of fire around His people. ( Zechariah 2:5). Likewise, Isaiah testifies: “There shall be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain” (Isaiah 4:6). These promises are meant to comfort us before a great storm comes in the final days. Indeed, Jesus says this coming storm will be so frightful that people’s hearts will fail them as they see it developing (see Luke 21:26).Now, if Jesus says this storm is going to be ferocious, we can be sure it will be, but How do we remain calm in troubling times? I saw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken” ( Acts 2:25).And the only way to do that is to spend time in the father’s presence, beholding His face. We have to be on our knees.
What is your fear today? God is greater than your fears. Your Heavenly Father is also your ‘place of safety’. The Psalmist says in Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You.” ‘O God, my Strength! I will sing Your praises, for You are my place of safety.’ Psalm 59:9 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
If Jesus is your strong tower, your security, then nothing can move you. No financial crisis, no sickness, no trouble. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
Gates and bars do well to protect a home or a city, but then only are they secure when God makes them strong. The true safety is in God’s defence of it. Psalm 127:1 says, unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards watch in vain. Is God your defence? Have you taken shelter and refuge in Him? You can rest assured that He will keep you and your home safe and secure. Your children will be blessed within your walls. Don’t live in fear, child of God. For He has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls. Psalm 147:13