This year, I'm sharing my "Treasures" of my study of my "Ponder the Morsels" book. I've picked 31 Psalms to study throughout 2013. Today I studied Psalm 43. Here is what I learned.
God, you are my ·strength [refuge]. Why have you rejected me? Why am I ·sad [L going around in mourning] and ·troubled [oppressed] by my enemies? Psalm 43:2 (EXB)
You are the True God—my shelter, my protector, the one whom I lean on. Why have You turned away from me? Rejected me? Why must I go around, overwrought, mourning, suffering under the weight of my enemies? Psalm 43:2 (VOICE)
Strength: force, fortress, rock, strengthen, most strong hold, place or means of safety, protection.
Ever just want to run and hide? Want to disappear from all that is happening around you. Remember when we were young, and thought if we put a blanket over our heads, we’d disappear. There are days that I’d like to disappear. Yet, that isn’t possible.
But I have to say on those days of overwhelming pain, or frustration, or whatever is causing chaos, it’s nice to rest in the security and protection of God Almighty. I can snuggle in His arms knowing full well that He is in complete control. That security provides an overwhelming sense of peace.
God is my strength, my refuge, my shelter, protector. He’s there, all I have to do is rest in His provision. Yet, too often I try to continue on my own.... for I’m the “all powerful Oz”...... yet, in reality I’m just a human full of hot air... just as the Oz was in the Wizard of Oz.
To create a positive day, I need to rest in the security and protection of God Almighty—He provides great peace in protection from the chaos that surrounds me.