Waiting Out the Storm
A Word of Encouragement from Elizabeth Rice Handford
Hurricane Florence: Here in the Carolinas, we've watched it for a week, churning closer and closer to home. Now it's a matter of hours. I've done all the stuff authorities recommend to get ready: extra batteries, non-perishable food, fuel in the automobile, outdoor furniture secured. Now I'm packed up, including sweet Schatzi in her crate, to go to a daughter's home, hopefully less vulnerable than mine, to await the storm.
But there is really nothing I can do to assure our safety. That rests in the goodness of God and His watchcare. That's why Psalm 27 is so comforting. Listen to it, wherever you are in your relationship with God and whatever danger threatens you. As you read, keep in mind that the enemy in this case is the storm, not people.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? . . . .
Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear;
Though war should rise against me, In this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. . . .
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalm 27 (nkjv)