by Darla Noble
Preserve me, God, for I take refuge in you. My soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord. Apart from you I have no good thing.”
The Bible tells us that Daniel’s faith and steadfast personality allowed him to become respected by the ‘enemy.’ These same character traits also gave God the desire to miraculously save Daniel’s life. Peter was bold, to say the least, but he was bold for Christ rather than himself. In return, Jesus blessed Peter with the ability to preach and perform miracles; winning countless souls to Christ.
Both men recognized that without God their lives would not be the same. We need to acknowledge this very same truth, because we know that personal, political, physical and spiritual dangers are reality of life.
When Martin Luther realized this, he wrote the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
A mighty fortress is our God,
> a bulwark never failing;
Our helper he amid the flood,
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
In spite of our perilous situations, Psalms 16 is songs of trust and confidence. Yes, you can have confidence in God because He is our refuge and fortress.
Together, with the psalmist, we can declare: “We have nothing to fear. God will keep us safe! The LORD Almighty is with us until the end of the world!” (Psalm 16:1, 46:7, 11, Matthew 28:20).
Pray: LORD, help me let go of everything so that You can have control of my whole life. Let me trust in You for protection and the blessings You promised. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.