I woke to go for an early morning walk. I checked for the haze hazard (from the reckless slash-and-burn practices raging in the region) and it was mostly cleared. What a relief! It felt as if the greyness of life itself had lifted. Vision cleared. Normalcy restored. I quipped that I could my wife’s face clearly again!
How much more relief when a spiritual haze is steadily blown away by our mighty yet tender-hearted God. I read Psalm 16 and was ministered to by “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2.
We are uncertain why David the psalmist cried out for the preservation of his life in verse 1. Mention of the grave (in 9-11) hints of a near death encounter, either through illness or danger.
Nothing clears our blurred vision, comforts our piercing pain and strengthens our aching hearts through a life-threatening experience more than knowing God. But what is so good and necessary about knowing God when the earth has given way underneath us, when circumstances crush us and when life disappoints us?
The psalmist goes on to say: “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (v7-9).
Our spiritual haze lifts when the eyes of our hearts behold this liberating twin truth, First, that God is on my side. And, as importantly, I have chosen to be on his side. How? By crying out to him for his counsel day and night.
And somewhere through the dark nights of our soul, his undeniable presence, unfailing love and good purposes enwraps us more than any cloud that threatens us.
Many things threaten us in our fallen world. An innocent child picked on in school or bullied incessantly online. A trusting spouse betrayed for momentary pleasure. An aging parent abandoned for personal convenience. A benevolent friend maligned for self-interest. Each has the potential to knock the life out of us.
God tells us that our true security is in Jesus rescuing us from our ultimate danger of Satan and sin by his death on the Cross. To him we must always turn to clear the way.
Prayer: “Preserve me O Lord Jesus that I might glorify you through the dangers of life that threaten to snuff you out of my vulnerable heart.” 🙏😇