The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, June 30th comes to us from Demi Oyinloye of Ogun, Nigeria.
Psalm 91:1-16 NRSV 1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, 6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, 10 no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 14 Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. 15 When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. 16 With long life I will satisfy them and show them my salvation.
I had been driving to a town almost 200 miles away for an annual professional conference. I had set out expecting the drive to be a fun adventure, but then my vehicle broke down. With no emergency roadside help available, I called some colleagues who were attending the same conference. Somehow, they passed by me and had to turn back to find me. It was getting dark; the situation was looking bleak, and I was getting scared. I uttered a desperate prayer, “Help me, Lord!” My colleagues finally found me, and the story ended well.
So many times, we find ourselves in bad situations, jumping into things without careful consideration or proper planning. We hope that everything will sort itself out. Often, by the time we realize our errors, we have already gotten to the point of no return. Thankfully, God does not care for us according to our faithfulness or intelligence but according to God’s unconditional love and tender mercies. No matter how bleak the situation, God is only a prayer away. The eloquence of our prayers does not matter; a desperate cry from a needy heart is enough to catch God’s attention.
Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us of your promise never to leave us or forsake us. Help us to turn to you — especially in threatening circumstances. Amen.
– Demi Oyinloye
How often do we spend cultivating our relationship with God? The Psalmist reminds us that making God our refuge is not merely about safety or protection, rather it is about trust. Do we trust God to lead us and guide us, or do we simple ask God to advise us on the plans we lay? When we place our complete trust in God to lead and guide us, we will always find our feet on a solid path.