Do you ever feel afraid, exposed, or vulnerable?
Often, we may feel like we need protection, and, as our world grows darker and scarier, we need it more. David shared some lovely thoughts in these next few verses. He knew were to run. He knew where to hide. “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” Psalm 61:3-5
For David, God was his strong tower, his place of refuge. He is also ours.
Let’s look at another phrase, “the heritage of those who fear God’s name.” Those are the men and women who came before David and believed God. Their faith took them through difficulties. David had heard their stories. He knew who they were. Here are a few: Adam, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Boaz, Ruth, and others. David was looking back to those whose shoulders he was standing on to have his own faith. We can look back too. Perhaps parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers, youth leaders, as well as all those in both the Old and New Testament who exhibited great faith, have had a hand in building ours. We can stand on their shoulders, knowing that if God brought them though, He will do it for us as well.
But then too we can ask ourselves this question, “Are we leaving a heritage of faith for some who are coming behind us?”
Heavenly Father, You are my refuge, my strong tower. Help me to always remember that I can run to You no matter what.