In general we live in a very secure world. For the most part our homes are safe and we have emergency personnel that will respond quickly if we need them. The writer of today’s psalm did not live this life. Vulnerability and powerlessness typified the psalmist’s world. For most of Israel’s existence another, greater power ruled over them. In times when they ruled themselves, threats from all around were always present. So the psalmist turns to God as the only source of true strength. The writer sees God’s steadfast love as the only secure constant. God is his or her fortress.
How many of us try to build our own fortress? We build ourselves up walls with all of our degrees, with all of our wealth, with all of our possessions, with all of our positions or titles. In these things we think we find security. But all of these things are fleeting. All are temporary. Despite our best efforts, loss will come. It may be a job or a loved one or a home. In these moments and events we come to realize that we do not really control too much. One higher is in control.
When we choose to surrender our illusion of being in control, we gain freedom. When we choose to acknowledge that God alone has the power, we gain liberation. When we choose to trust His leading, we find peace. When we choose to surrender our worry and anxiety, we find rest. As we give ourselves up more and more to God, we find what t he psalmist found.
We find that God is a mighty fortress. We find great security in His unfailing love, in His steadfast mercy, and in His unending forgiveness. With God as our stronghold we find rest, peace, joy, contentment, love, and so much more. The God of the ages is our God in every moment, in every situation, and in every way.
Scripture reference: Psalm 48