I’ve noticed that, lately, my blog posts have centered around the theme of rescuing. I never get tired of this subject. November is a special month to me. Not only is it the month I said “I do” to my husband eight years ago, but it is also the month (nine years ago) when God showed off…when He said, look at me, look what I can do. November is the month God suddenly became big in my eyes.
In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
as for me, I trust in the LORD.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.
For years these particular verses in Psalm 31 have resonated with me. In these few verses I can hear David’s plea for help. I can hear confidence and I can hear deep gratitude. His enemies are pursuing him and his back is up against the wall. He is clinging to the only hope he has.
Have you ever been there?
I know I have. David was being chased by the enemy and he knew that running to God for protection was his only hope. There was a time in my life when addiction had a hold on me. My eyes were opened and I was face to face with my enemy. It was threatening to destroy me. It had an all-consuming grip on me. My only hope was to run straight to the One who I knew could help me.
My enemy was big…but my God was bigger!
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever. (Psalm 30:11-12)
I love the month of November!