“Hope is in God alone”

 

Psalm 25:1-5 and Psalm 62:1-8

 

“He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress…”

 

David is noting in these passages from the Psalms that his trust is in God alone. In that statement, David is simply explaining an eternal truth, not some platitude to be trotted out to people who are under duress. He uses the metaphor of God as a fortress. It is important to note that in that period of history, if you were in a conflict with an enemy of superior force, you would be doomed without the security of a mighty fortress. Even with overwhelming odds against you, if you were in a fortress which was well stocked with food, water, and supplies, you could have a fair measure of security. Enemies, confronted by a very strong fortress would often simply lay siege to the fortress rather than attack it directly.

In these of social distancing and even quarantine, our houses and apartments have become our “fortresses”. They are offering a good degree of protection from the Corona virus, but not all have the luxury of staying in those fortresses.  Many people must venture out and do the essential services that serve society, including our health care workers and first responders.

We are all, however, united in this- our only security and hope lies in the loving protection of God. Verses 11 and 12 of Psalm 62 go on to say, “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you O God, are strong, and that you, O God are loving.” That sums up about all we need to know about God- He loves us, and He and is strong enough to protect us. If we are in need of a comforting statement, that surely is it.

 

Prayer: Thank you Father that you love us, and that you desire the best for us. We are comforted by your strength, and amazed by your love, Amen.

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