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"God, My Stronghold in Every Trouble"

June 13, 2003

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Psalm 62:6 "(God) alone is my rock and salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken."

Where do you go when troubles mount up? Do you head off into the hills to find some tranquillity? Do you pile into bed and attempt to sleep it off? Is a bottle or a pill your hopeful refuge? Do you seek out a friend, or do you make an appointment with a counselor?

The psalmist knew trouble as well as you and I do. He experienced people who sought to destroy him -- people who longed for his ruin. He even experienced the most hurtful of relationships: people who outwardly posed as friends, blessing him with their mouths, while inwardly cursing him.

Where did the psalmist David go with his troubles? He went to his stronghold -- his God. He pictured God as a fortified city. There he would be safe; God would defend him.

You and I are reminded likewise to go to God as our stronghold. That is not to say that we should bypass friends and counselors, but it is to say that true power comes from God. He has already proved Himself the author of our salvation through Jesus Christ. He who gave us eternal life through His Son will surely protect us in the time of trouble, for He is our Rock, our Salvation, and our mighty Fortress.

PRAYER: Father in heaven let me flee to You in every trouble. Take me up and protect me. For Jesus' sake I pray. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

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