Title: The LORD, my fortress
Key verse 2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
This is a Psalm full of imagery. In it, David sings a song of deliverance. He does not speak from his enemies' point of view, or even so much his own. He describes God in His strength, who is higher than the thundering clouds.
"He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind...
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning."
It is encouraging to be reminded of the great power and majesty of God in times when we are troubled. In other words, at a time like now! The past few weeks have been intense - and it looks like they will only get more so until the end of this semester. Is it April already? Soon, half the year will be over? I haven't even had time to think about what 2007 means. My work keeps me busy from early in the morning until late at night.
Now, I don't mind hard work; but for me, this sort of thing does not come easy. I cannot write a ten page paper overnight. It takes me time to learn, which is why I need to spend so long pouring over it. I am not the kind of person who feels content to sit and think all day. I need to balance my day with physical work and give my brain a rest sometimes. Yet, I haven't really been able to do that much at all since last summer.
This work is demanding and unrelenting like stirred up ocean waves. I feel its pressure all about me. It will not leave me alone; and if I take a break from it, how will I regain my focus and make up for the lost time? I really don't know how much longer I can keep up this pace! I am simply tired. Tired and growing anxious as the end for these projects grow near.
A strange thing happened this morning.
I was putting tea in the microwave, still drowsy in the darkness of 7:30 am. The window was not lit at all, so I assumed it must be before dawn. Still, I thought it should be dawn by now... Suddenly, a bright light shone from the window. It seemed a bit sudden for dawn! In opening the blinds, I saw what had happened. The sky is completely overcast today, but there was one open patch of sky. As the sun passed behind it, the light poured into the room and made it seem as noon.
I was reminded very clearly that in these wearisome days, there is a light. I must persevere. Even when it seems that my work is all in vain, it surely will not be forgotten. Even though no one is here to share it with me - my God is by my side to lift me up in the midst of the battle so I can fight on. I need to persevere so I can sing David's song of praise! I shall run to God, my Father, for strength - He is my deliverer. I shall hide in Him for protection - He is my fortress. He sees me and knows my need. My prayers reach His ears. He says to me, "Behold, I am with you even to the very end of the age."
I am not alone.
I am not without a hope.
And now, the sun shines down its gentle rays from behind a great dark cloud. Praise to the beautiful God! His mighty and gentle creation teaches us of Him.
One Word: My God is mighty to save!