The general feeling among the majority of our population is that we are in a very insecure and treacherous time. And it could get a lot worse! Many are looking at the un-employment rate; health insurance uncertainty; Terrorism, fraud and scandal in high places as if they were all insurmountable problems. They are insurmountable unless steps are taken to overcome them. If we take a strong moral and Biblical stand against those things they can be overcome. But will that make us secure? Will the FDIC, EPA, FEMA, Homeland Security, or the CIA really make us secure?
Probably not! So we need to look at some foundational facts that prove we can be secure if our trust is in God and not in man or the government. Moses recorded one of God’s most basic commands: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5). A short time later Moses was reciting the blessings that the Lord had promised to the Israelites: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields them all day long and the one the Lord loves rests between God’s shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12) When issuing the Ten Commandments, God very clearly identified those who are ‘beloved by him’; “Showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” So it is quite simple to see who is loved by God and who is not. If you are among the ‘have-nots’ you have every reason to be insecure!
The Psalmist, David, knew what it meant to be secure; He said, “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; Surely, I have a delightful inheritance.” He covered every aspect of life.
Speaking of his portion, David considered that to mean all the days of his life here on earth. As he said in Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me (or be right with me) all the days of my life.” His cup refers to all of the experiences he faced in his life-time. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.” (Psalm 138:7). His lot was his future; Nathan, his advisor, said to him: “This is what the Lord says, ‘Your house and your kingdom will be established forever.’” (2 Samuel 7:16). The boundary lines set for him were all of the guidelines set out in God’s commands; “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” (Psalm 19:8). And David had a delightful inheritance set aside for him; “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” at the end of this life “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:4-6)
What made David secure? He knew he was loved by God because he loved God and His precepts. With that taken care of everything else was secure. Ask yourself,
“How secure am I???”
Rev. Keyser is Pastoral Director of The Quiet Place 305 931-4823.