Based on: Psalm 23
Where do you go to relax? Do you have a place where you go where all your needs are taken care of? Where you feel safe? Imagine for a moment that you are in such a place. Close your eyes if you want to. Imagine that you have plenty to eat and drink, no one can bother you, and that you can rest. It is a place of perfect peace. God has such a place for us. As our shepherd, God leads us to that place where we are safe and all our needs are met.
Based on: Psalm 121:7-8
“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Over the past eight or nine weeks I have gone to visit with her once a week. Visiting her was a blessing to me because every time I went to visit and every time I talked to her it was very clear that she trusted in her Savior, Jesus, and she knew that one day her Savior would come for her and take her home. She understood these verses from Psalm 121, these verses that were her confirmation verses. She understood that the Lord was watching over and that he had been watching over her whole life, keeping her safe until that day when the Lord would take her home to be with him forever.
Based on: Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength. What does this mean? God is a place to be safe from the attack of our enemies. He is a wall around us, and not only that, but he is our strength – he uses his power for our good – to crush anything that would cause us harm.
God is our refuge and strength. Was this true of her as well? Yes. God was her refuge and strength. Even though to look at her you might wonder, “Where was her refuge? Where was her strength?” She was bound to her wheelchair or to her bed – dependent on many others. She seemed vulnerable to the sickness or loneliness that attacked her. Yet, God was her refuge and strength.