Refuge

I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

Psalm 55:6 NKJV
Welcome to Psalm 55. Here we get an in-depth insight into what it’s like to be faced with trouble you can’t handle alone. Overcome with ‘fear and trembling’ (v. 5 NIV), David’s panicked words show a natural response to pain: run. Today we’re looking at a choice we have to make: run to something in our own strength, or rely on God. From normal but consuming-when-taken-too-far things like video games and social media, to damaging substances and habits, we can want to hide from life-stuff. David wanted to grow a pair of wings and detach himself as far from trouble as possible. It’s an understandable, quite natural, response to fear when we’re desperate to run away to a safe place. The fact is, God is the only source of strength who’ll bring peace. Any temporary hiding place which ignores His refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1) won’t get you through in the way that He wants. Which is strengthened and closer to Him. Watch as the psalm goes on and David draws closer to God. He learns not to try and hide, but to trust on God to save him – ‘As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me’ (v.16 NIV). Relying on God gives us the strength we need to have peace about a situation, even when we want to find the nearest exit.
What Now?
Grow some dove-wings? Nah. God’s got a better strength-boosting plan:
‘Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles’ (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). So keep it simple today.
Just ask God for an extra boost of strength for the rest of the week.

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