September 3, 2021 – Psalm 31: 1-5 – Our Rock and Fortress

Today we are reading from Psalm 31: 1-5:

1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

I love each day’s readings emphasizing the Psalms.  The Psalms have always been a constant friend and help to Christians from the earliest days.  Christians (and Jews before them) have been encouraged to read them, pray through them, cling to them.  We should read through them often.  I think of something Dr. Frank Pollard, longtime pastor of First Baptist Jackson said, we should read 3 Psalms and a Proverbs each day. This is a faithful prescription for life.  

Today’s Psalm is a reminder and an encouragement to turn to God in times of trial and trouble.  WE are reminded that is our rock and our fortress.  He is the one to whom we turn, He is the one who saves us, He is the one who guards us. 

Today, we are not told that we will not face troubles.  This passage does not say that.  What it does say is that when we face troubles, when we face trials, we pain, loss, hurt come, we can turn to God for our protection, for our safety, for our help. 

In our life, we are never without a hope in trouble. We are never without a place to turn. We will never find ourselves in a place where we can’t turn to God for help in those moments. 

Today, no matter what you are facing, no matter what is going on, no matter what trouble or pain may come your way today, God is your fortress, He is your rock, and he will save you. 

For His namesake, He will guide you.  He will be with you.  He will be your salvation.  Trust in Him, today.  Trust in Him in all times.  He is our salvation.  Let us trust. 

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