Savior Series

A Fortress of Salvation for His Anointed One

We are going to focus on Psalm 28:8 today,

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. 

But like we always do, we are going to need to also back it up a few verses,

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:6-7

and the verse after 28:8,

Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

As the Lord is considered the fortress for salvation, I visualize the “safe space” I was talking about yesterday. The shelter and protection from what is going on in the world.

This shelter or fortress protects us not only from external threats, but internal ones as well.

In verses 6-7, David speaks of God’s response to him crying out to him for mercy and help but putting his trust in Him and in turn God helping him.

We have just as many internal struggles as we do external battles, and sometimes we forget that the “shield” and “refuge” God is for us isn’t just for what is going on the world, but is also for us to get away from our thoughts.

The fortress that placing your trust in the Lord provides isn’t a physical space, but an emotional one.

To be open and exposed to others you must be able to rely on God to give you the strength you need to be able to do that.

I’ve been thinking alot about a quote lately that I’ve read a few times on social media (paraphrasing because I can’t locate the exact quote):

“People ask how can I be so strong through this. I tell them I wasn’t given a choice.”

It is true that we are forced into circumstances beyond our control, but as I said before in those times we don’t rely on our own strength, but we rely on His strength.

It is only through His strength that we are able to press on during the hard times.

With the strength that he provides, we trust in Him and He helps us to trust him.

When Jesus asked Peter to walk to on water he didn’t say “go ahead and do it and I’ll just be on the other side”

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31

Jesus told him to keep his eyes on him. To trust him. Trust is what lead Peter to take that step onto the water in the first place, and the second his eyes darted away from Jesus, is the second he started sinking.

We can’t escape to our refuge in Jesus if we don’t know that it exists.

I want to draw your attention to Psalm 28:9,

Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

I love this image of being carried. How can you let God carry you today?

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He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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