A thought about safety—I have been pondering this verse lately. “The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom should I be afraid?” Ps 27:1 The Bible says that I am to “set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. For I died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:2-3 (italicized words changed to personal pronouns). Earthly things are constantly telling me that it is not safe.
Our food isn’t safe.
Technology isn’t safe.
Our money isn’t safe.
Our nation isn’t safe.
Our world isn’t safe.
Nothing is safe!
Not even my credit score. (I need lifeLock, of course.)
And you know, it is true. There is no security! Except . . . except . . . and this is a big exception, those who have their minds set on things above . .
above, where God is sovereign,
above, where all is under His control,
above, where He “is my refuge and strength” Ps 46:1
above, where “my life is now hidden with Christ in God” Col 3:3
What a wonderful exception—I can take a deep breath, relax and know . . know without doubt that . . . I am safe! I am safe in the big sense of the word . . . because of who He is I am eternally safe!
“The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom should I fear?”
Though battles are raging, the combat inferno severe;
the Jacob wrestling God that none can defeat,
and those whom He commands, who never retreat,
those God assigned battalions of angels—armed;
stand ready to fight and keep your soul unharmed.
Firmly in faith, take up your position and He
will open your eyes; like the prophet Elisha to see
that God is a safe place to hide.
Though the strongholds of men and the forces of evil combine,
God is our refuge; our strength in the troublesome time.
Our God who is love in action, speaks the word;
immediate Help—sometimes appearing absurd;
like the staff becoming a snake or parting the sea,
and who would believe that the Help would be nailed to a tree
to suffer and die; but then be raised from the dead?
“Hidden with Christ in God,” as boldly said.
Yes! He is a safe place to hide.
When temptations grab hold to take you away in disgrace,
His lifesaving mercy stands ready; unshakable grace.
Invulnerable arms prepared to sweep you away,
and slaying the dragon, bring victory in midst of the fray;
never forsaking but bearing on eagles wings,
through the valley of death, leading to living springs;
renewing the mind having washed all sins away,
shielding our faith–and that is why we say
that He is a safe place to hide.
Sound loudly the trumpet, in gladness rejoice and make mirth;
for God is the King of the Mountain and Lord of the earth.
Though the wicked prevail and evil becomes very bold,
with a famine in virtue, when the love of many grow cold,
though God be hated; His servants be blamed for disruption,
though Bab’lon intrigues, seducing to fatal corruption,
though economies falter and hardships surround every nation—
Never forget! Remember this clear declaration—
that God is a safe place to hide!
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.