Speaking to the Soul – September 15

Security in God

O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. Psalm 3:1-3

Some of the psalms have a brief introductory note, and this is one of them. It tells us that it was written when David fled from his son, Absalom. This was possibly the most tragic moment in David’s long, eventful reign. Absalom was a great favourite of David and much loved by the people as well. He was handsome, charming and loved all the pomp which went along with belonging to a royal family. He drove a magnificent chariot with 50 men running in front of it. However, tragically, he was determined to take over his father’s throne, leading a rebellion which forced David to flee from Jerusalem in fear for his life.

Can you imagine anything worse? It is bad enough to be attacked by your enemies, but for David to have his much- loved son turn against him must have been a crushing experience. David stood back from this disaster and reflected on where his true security lay. He knew God was the one who gave him lasting security and that he would hold his
head high.

The Bible never pretends that life is easy. From beginning to end, we meet people who struggled. Look at the life of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua or any of the prophets. Look at the life of Jesus, Peter and Paul. Each had their struggles, but they all knew their ultimate security was in God.

Paul described this most powerfully in Romans 8:38-39: “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow— not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That’s ultimate security! It is news that should lift all our heads up high.

How does your security in God affect your thoughts and plans for the future?

Lord God, I thank you that in this insecure world I can have complete security in you. Amen