The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, September 12, 2020 comes to us from David Payne of Missouri
Psalm 4:1-8 1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? 3 Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. 4 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD. 6 Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
One Saturday night as my wife and I were babysitting our grandsons, I learned a valuable lesson from God.
After I had read a few books to them, it was time for the younger one to go to sleep. He lay peacefully in his crib, so I stealthily crept from the room. As we sat downstairs readying the 3-year-old, I heard the little one cry out in distress. As I entered the room, I found him panting and sobbing; but when he saw me, he calmed down. As I sat with him in a rocking chair, attempting to comfort him, I realized how God, through this child, was comforting me.
At times, we may be like my little grandson. When life doesn’t go our way, we can become scared or feel we’re at the end of our rope. Our Father God knows how to give perfect love to comfort us in our hopelessness and fear. When we are at our lowest, God wants to surround us with comfort and peace, and whisper those words of Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God!” (NIV).
Prayer: God of comfort and peace, help us to trust that you have us in your arms now and forevermore. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God can comfort me in any situation.
–from David Payne
What do we do when we are frightened? How do we meet our fears head-on? Do we have someone who will hold us, sooth us, and chase the fears away? What can we do when there is no one we trust within “hugging” range? David Payne simply reminds us that, no matter what is frightening us, we can trust God. That is why, when I pray for those in distress, I often say, “Gracious and Always-Loving God, embrace them and rock them in your loving care.”