Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Psalm 71:1-6 God is our Refuge

KEY TEXT: Ps 71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

KEY THOT: God is our Rock and our Fortress. Rock refers to the strong foundation upon which we can stand and Fortress refers to the place of shelter and protection from the enemies. Jesus told a parable about two builders, one who built his house on the rock while the other builds his house on sand. When the rain and flood came, the house built on the sand collapsed while the house built on the rock stood firm: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt 7:24-27).

It's not the hearing of God's word that makes us strong and safe but the doing of the God's word. Christians are often blaming poor sermons for their spiritual decline. But most of us have heard enough or read enough to know what God expects of us. It's not the lack of "good preaching" that leads to our spiritual decline but the lack of "good doing" that explains it. Just changing churches to find the "better" preaching is not the answer to our spiritual decline: we need to repent of our self-deception, for when we hear but do not practise, we deceive ourselves: "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" (James 1:22).

It has been said that the safest place to be in is the will of God. It’s only as we learn to take God’s word seriously that we are building our lives on God who is our Rock and Fortress. When we run to God’s Word and stand on His promises, we are running to His fortress and standing on His rock. 

Father, what a glorious place it is for us to be in—the will of God. Deliver us from fear and anxiety and keep us in the centre of Your will according to Your Word. Amen.

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