“Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” (1:2-3)
It’s my greatest ambition to be this person. Rooted and established as Paul might say. Our best successes are found in trusting Him, knowing Him, meditating on what He says.
“Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” (2:12)
Him being the Son, being Jesus. I love the word refuge: A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.
My soul has places of refuge: my parent’s house, Camp Tadmor, the couch of a great friend, Montavilla, the Colombia River Gorge and other such forested locales in Oregon. Life is crazy, our souls distressed, and we all are looking for a safe place. Maybe this is why I’m drawn to refugees: terrorized people, looking for safety, hope and rest; seeking asylum from affliction. I love to be hospitable and a safe place for people, but the safest place for us all is Christ. He is a refuge for the soul, every where man can go.
“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” (3:3-4)
I am very glad to be in the Psalms. As you see, I did 3 today instead of 2, because they’re short and you may notice some improvising on this (we won’t do three chapters the day including 119, I know you were all immediately distressed about that).
I find myself regularly grasping for the LORD and scrambling into the refuge of Jesus. I need His word every day and still, I don’t think I’m getting enough. I am so glad He is ever present. That His word is (partially) hidden in my heart and (exhaustively) on an app in my phone.
Spend time with the Son today. Sit in His refuge. Soak up the nutrients of His Word. I will be remembering the futility of being a refuge on my own. I can ONLY point to the Son. This has been my lesson of the week, remembering to get out of the way, so Christ can be the true satisfaction answer. Also remembering to spend time in His refuge myself. When I call out He answers me, and that’s incredible.