Verse 1 of Psalm 9 says:
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.”
Isn’t God good?
I’ll tell you one of His wonders right now, That He still cares for me. That’s a wonder.
I suppose it’s not just me. I’m probably not the only one who is rotten enough to be left on the side of the road as a hopeless case.
But I am so glad that His mercies are new every morning. Because I need them. Fresh and new, every day.
“What’s on the menu today, Lord?”
“Well, hon, looks like you need a big stack of grace griddlecakes, with a steaming hot mug o’mercy to wash it down.”
Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your mercy. Piping hot and fresh. New, every morning.
Breakfast and fellowship with my King.
Verses 9 and 10 of Psalm 9 say:
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken
those who seek you.”
I’ve been meditating on those words for several hours. I love them. I want the Holy Spirit to breathe life into them for you.
Are you feeling oppressed? Is this a time of trouble for you? Then these verses are for you.
If you google the word “stronghold” you’ll discover that its predominate usage in Christian circles is in association with “demonic strongholds”. I’m not denying that those exist, but today, because of how the word is used in these verses of Psalm 9, I do want to take a moment to remind us that there is another meaning, the original meaning of the word.
A refuge is a shelter from danger or hardship. It provides protection. A stronghold is a strongly fortified defensive structure, a place of survival. It’s where everybody ran during a battle when the enemy seemed about to take over the castle. Everyone ran (I can hear the words from Monty Python: “Run away! Run away!”) to the stronghold, where the enemy could NOT break in, where there was provision, and protection.
When we know His Name, when we know who our God is, what His character is, we DO trust Him. Because He above anyone or anything else IS TRUSTWORTHY. So we RUN to our stronghold in complete confidence, because it is our loving Father, the Creator of the universe, who is in charge of our defense, and our future. He, Himself, is the wall around us. And David, the Warrior King, says that the Lord has NEVER forsaken those who seek Him. David, the Warrior, knew all about the need for a refuge and a stronghold in times of battle. And he knew the Perfect Refuge, the Perfect Stronghold.
So, this morning, I just wanted to encourage you, whatever your trouble or oppression, to run to the Trustworthy One, your Stronghold.