Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior…
You are our lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns darkness into light.”
II Samuel 22:1-3, 29 (NIV)

We have been through it the last few months.  A journey unlike any we’ve ever experienced.

Times of darkness, death, uncertainty, confusion, isolation, frustration and anger.

Looking for direction. Looking for cures. Looking for some voices of calm and stability. Seeking the best of who we can be in these times.

Maybe looking for hearts of compassion and hope.

And it seems as though we have more of this journey yet to go.

King David can identify.

King Saul, whom God had selected David to replace, embarked on a failed attempt to have him killed. Then, as King, David realized that he was losing his nation. They were turning from God.

His army was in disarray. He made immoral decisions only God’s grace could forgive. His son died way too early. A multi-year famine hit, while the war with the Philistines continued. And more.

It all wore him down.

Under the weight of it all, David began to crack. He forgot at times, that God was still hanging around.

And then when darkness was all he could see, David saw God above it all. And in those moments, he remembered his past experiences with God, and realized that when times were tough and when times were good—in all times—God was always his only and very best security.

Same for you. Same for me. Right?

In the midst of it all, David kept turning back as he recognized that God was his rock, his stronghold, his refuge and his Savior.

Same for you. Same for me. Right?

As we journey through all that we face and don’t even see fully, God has the answers, and He is with us.

So why not turn back to Him. And stay with Him.

Through the darkness, the uncertainty and confusion. Through the doubt and fear all around us, David wrote for us to remember—“You are our lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns darkness into light.”

Always has turned darkness into light.

Always will.

Even in these times.

Follow Him. Know Him. For all eternity.

In His Name–Scott