Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1
I was shut up in my dark room, waiting for the waves of the flare to lift. Oh, how I had tried to keep my little light shining. I thought I had learned to spot the signs of the darkness encroaching; I thought I had recognized when the waves of pain would soon approach. But apparently, I had missed one too many of those signs, and I felt myself “forced” into an isolating rest. My own light had failed, and I struggled to glimpse how the light of my Savior could possibly shine in this darkened room of pain.
Do we know that the Lord is truly our light?
And if we do, then how do we let His light guide us through the dark days of pain and weakness?
David, the author of this Psalm, knew something of what it meant to face the dark places. King Saul had chased him and tried to take his very life. In fact, when David wrote of the Lord being his stronghold, he had spent his own time of desolation-dwelling in a place commonly known as “the strongholds of En Gedi.”
It was a forlorn place, with caves built into the sides of the cliffs that were perfect for hiding. A spring enclosed was hidden there with nourishing water for those who had survived the desert. Have you ever seen photos from Israeli tour groups who have walked through the desert land of En Gedi?
The utter desolation is shocking. How could God have led David to those dry and forsaken lands? And yet, that is precisely the phrase that David used, while he was cut off from his home: GOD is the stronghold of my life. He had come to realize that the very place that felt so forlorn had become God’s protection during the years of his enemy’s pursuit. God provided all that He needed during the days of desolation, even placing a spring of water in the middle of the barrenness.
REST IN THE LORD, OUR STRONGHOLD
The Greek word for “stronghold” here is defined as a: place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold.
- How could we see that light of God shining forth in our own lives?
- Can we ask God to show us how He is being our safety, our protector, our refuge, our stronghold in these days when we feel forsaken and desolate?
- How would seeing that change our perspective from fear to trust?
I would love to invite you to join me at Chronic Joy Ministry’s website today, to read the rest of this post. In this place of God’s Stronghold, He uncovered a beautiful truth about resting in Him that I would love to share with you.
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If you have any doubt that God’s timing is perfect, I must share with you the conviction that God brought to me through the words of this post. It was originally shared with Chronic Joy a few years ago. And then last fall, we agreed to look at old posts to update them, and this is the post that stood out to me. As I was in the midst of editing it, huge flares overtook me again, and I found myself needing to rest in that dark room I described. The post was completed as God met me in November.
However, He wasn’t finished with uncovering more fear in my heart. As this piece is being re-posted today, I am preparing for a second Radio-wave Ablation next week, and my husband is facing tests with a new cardiologist in response to the poor results on his latest echo-cardiogram. I have found myself overwhelmed by the strength that I lack. Even as I have surrendered my fears, and placed my own and my husband’s lives in God’s hands, I have been plagued by nightmares every night this week.
And the words of the Scripture are echoing around me as I realize yet again, and more deeply, ONLY GOD can be my true stronghold. The fears and the chaos around me are too hard for me, and for you too. But we have a Heavenly Father who longs to show us HIS true light and strength.
Are you facing new tests or new fears this week?
Would you join me in praying?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being the safety and the true stronghold of our lives. Forgive us for trying to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe within our own strength. We acknowledge that only YOU are the true stronghold in our lives. We offer our desperate prayers to you now, as we cry out for Your protection and strength. Thank You for calling us in to Your heart. Thank You for making the way open, through Your son Jesus, to have full forgiveness and wholeness in YOU.
In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,
And I would love to share with you the latest book from my dear sister in the Lord, Joy Lenton. She has put together a beautiful collection of poetry, Scriptures, prayers and essays to lead us into the soon approaching season of Lent. I was greatly encouraged as I read her book, as part of her early readers team. Lent begins less than one month from today, February 17, so her precious offering is just in time to help you pause and still before our Savior to hear His whispers to your heart. You can find her book at Amazon, by clicking here: