'But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.'
Psalm 59 v16-17
I recently read these words in Psalm 59 and they held alot of meaning for me in a way I had not seen so clearly before. I could echo David's testimony in a new way... Let me explain!
Just before the Coronavirus struck, I was going through a different storm in my life...a very painful, difficult time that I didn't know how to get through.
Although not completely out of the woods yet; I can still testify to these words being true.
HE is the God who shows me steadfast love - at every step HE has been faithful and His love has never wavered...
HE has been a refuge in the day of my distress - Sometimes I felt I couldn't bear any more emotional pain, and yet He was/ is my refuge every time. Sometimes all I could do was to go to Him and pour out my soul to Him and know His comfort...knowing that He felt my pain too...but His overarching plan was good...
HE has been my fortress and strength - A fortress speaks to me of a strong, safe place, protected from harm and attack- this has been what Christ has been to me...
Oftentimes it has been through God's people that I have been assured of His steadfast love, and been encouraged to pour out my soul to Him and been pointed back to Him and His word when I found it hard to see the way ahead. Each time He has been faithful to all that He says in His word. I have been able to gradually see that indeed God does work ALL things together for the good of those who love Him [Romans 8:28] and that there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus [Romans 8:1].
I have the deepest emotional and spiritual security possible...
and so so much more!
Where do people go who do not have this hope and do not have a church family to love them and to encourage them and to point them to Christ? I think of people right now in this Coronavirus situation...what hope do they have that is not based on mere positivity or false hopes and a temporary fallen world?
Only Christ is the rock that never changes, that will never fail us, the one who shows us steadfast love and He will never take that from us!
I often find it is my most painful, heartbreaking times that become the most precious times; a drawing closer to God and a deeper understanding of His faithfulness and of the truth of His promises.
SO much to sing about every morning..:)
Many of us are going through tough times right now, with all the changes and challenges brought about through the Coronavirus situation. May these words of Psalm 59 continue to be our testimony to each other and to the watching world, as we realise their truth in these days, and seek to remind each other of them.