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Psalm 18:1-6 speaks of God as a fortress. He is a place of shelter and protection. The Psalmist observes that we receive God’s protective care by calling upon him. When we are in trouble we can call out in prayer and the Lord will hear and answer.
Sometimes, though we may confess that God is mighty and powerful, we act as though his help isn’t all that desirable. We call out to God but we depend on our own labor. We call out to God and hope we are faithful enough. We call out to God but we worry and fret, wondering if he will be able to help us in time.
The Bible knows nothing of this. We call on God. He is able to care for his people. There is no fear, no dread, no doubt. He is able to accomplish what we need. No doubt about it. Why do we look to God as our fortress, then wait outside the fortress as the enemy surrounds us? No, let’s look to God as our deliverer, then remain inside the fortress of his grace and mercy, looking at the enemies as they stand outside the walls wondering if there is a way in. Then, if they look to him in trust as well, they will no longer be the enemy, but the friend. There’s plenty of shelter for all.
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