Thursday, May 3, 2018

Freedom & Safety

I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities, and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
—Psalm 31:7-8

Here's that broad place again—the old savanna where our species evolved, the one which still lives somewhere deep inside each human being. It's the place where we're able to feel both freedom and safety, the place where God frequently sets the feet of those who write the psalms.

Here in the middle of Psalm 31, the freedom and safety have come about because God—the richest of the rich and the famousest of the famous—has taken notice of one who thought him- or herself beneath notice. 

And so how does the psalmist give this freedom and the safety expression? Through exultation and joy—not the kind that gloats and brags, but in the very love of the One who gave it.

Grant me safety, Lord; grant me freedom. But even more, give me a heart to praise your Name and a mouth to show forth the joy that accompanies your unmerited and endless love; in Jesus' Name. Amen.