I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:4-8 (NIV)
Refuge In Me
Will you take refuge in me? Will you seek me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength? Will you cry out to me? Will you make your needs known to me? Will you allow me to calm all your fears? Why would I not? What would hinder me from crying out to you? Why would I not make my needs known to you? Why would I not allow you to calm all my fears? Why would I not seek you with all that is within me? You tell me. You have answered my questions with your own questions? What answer do you have to give? I have an answer. My answer is the truth. But my answer is not a good one. The only reason I can see for not coming to rely on you completely is if I have chosen to rely on myself. Would that be a good choice? Prideful, self-reliance and stubborn, self-sufficiency are never good choices. Nothing could be more foolish. Nothing could be more unwise. Why is that? You stand ready to hear my prayers. You are ready, willing and able to meet my needs and deliver me from all my fears. Yes, I am. It is my joy to hear and answer your prayers. I delight in calming your fears. I will save you from your troubles. I will encamp around you. I will deliver you. Thank you, Lord. I will rely on you. I will place all my faith in you. You will hear my prayers. I will make my needs known to you. That will be very good.
What will happen to you as you draw near to me? What will you experience as you live in an intimate relationship with me? How will you be changed as you come to take refuge in me? I will come to know you. I will come to love you. I will come to follow and serve you. It will be my joy to live my life with and for you. You will make me radiant. Joy and hope and peace and love will show up on my face. Why is that? I will have tasted of your goodness. I will have known that your blessing has been on my life. I will have known that you have been with me to help me on every step I take in life. Yes, I will be with you. Yes, my blessing will be on you as you take refuge in me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for answering me, when I seek you. Thank you for calming my fears as you save me from trouble. Help me to look to you and be radiant. Help me to taste and see your goodness; bless my life as I take refuge in you. Amen
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