Last night the lightning flashes and simultaneous thunder claps stirred the fears of my daughters. My assurances of their safety consoled them enough to stay in bed and sleep. They trusted my words that they were in their safe place.
Everyone needs a safe place. Sometimes that means a place of quiet. Sometimes it means literal walls that protect from harm. It might mean an empty bathtub with a loud fan running to block out the chaos. Or a car with the windows down and radio up. A refuge. A place of retreat.
Those places give respite for a time, but permanent safety comes from one source. Psalm 37:39 says, “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.” David describes a place of safety found in the Person of God.
Today you might feel overwhelmed by the start of a new week. Perhaps, like David, the threats of evil men threaten to unsettle you. Uncertainty about the future might haunt your waking hours and fill you dreams. Maybe your financial security has evaporated. Or, as James puts it, “various trials” converge simultaneously and threaten to crush your peace of mind.
David’s inspired words point to the answer. For a righteous person (i.e., those trusting in the LORD, departing from evil, and waiting on God), a specific kind of salvation remains available. That salvation comes from the Creator of all and the only self-sustaining Being – Yahweh. During trial, during times that generate fear, during heavy losses God Himself is the stronghold.
Often, the arrival of trouble naturally raises doubts about God’s presence. David contradicts popular thinking on the matter and assures the righteous that times of trouble do not eradicate God’s presence. Instead, they emphasize His presence because He becomes the safe place.
Find your safety in God today. “The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” (Psalm 37:40)