The following verbal will precede the song “Rescue” by Newsong during the worship service:
The song we are about to sing begins with:
You are the source of life
I can’t be left behind
No one else will do
I will take hold of You
As you hear these words, do you imagine a calm, peaceful place? A place of comfort and rest? When we think of Jesus, of all that God has done for us, we can be surprised that life is so hard. Shouldn’t we be more happy, less stressed? Shouldn’t we be able to just avoid conflict and trouble in our lives?
A refuge is not a comfortable place, a restful place. But it is a place of protection. When all the world is turned upside down, God is our refuge. He is the place we can find security in the middle of our battles. He is there holding us when the world seems darkest. He provides cover from our enemy’s worst attacks.
How awesome it is to trust in our savior, Jesus!
Do you think of Jesus as source of armament, or of protection? Of blessing and nourishment, or defense and security? Not that we have to pick one over the other, but I think we have an expectation that Jesus will be our need(er, want)-provider. When our deepest need is actually just to be held, we run from God blaming him for all that is troubled in our lives. What a costly mistake!
God, help me to remain close to you. Help me to remember the armament you provide – the knowledge of salvation, your spirit, truth, your righteousness covering my lack, faith in your promises, the power of the good news… Thank you for being Lord of Hosts in the midst the spiritual battle around me. Help me to be a faithful foot-soldier.