Christmas Thoughts from Psalm 71…the ’24/7-ness’ of God
‘BE TO ME A ROCK OF REFUGE TO WHICH I MAY CONTINUALLY COME.’ Psalm 71:3a ESV.
Might seem like an unusual (or unexpected at the least!) place to go for a Christmas week meditation…Psalm 71?! Come on Ellen…you gotta at least go to Psalm 22, Luke 1-2 or Isaiah 9?!?!
Well…isn’t it great how our Lord, the Wonderful Counselor, opens up His Word to us in new ways? I’ve gone to Psalm 71 a lot in recent years for the encouragements and ‘heart-orientations’ it gives to how our MOUTHS are to be used. Being a woman who has vocationally depended on her mouth/words/talking, this psalm is FULL of truth I need a daily diet of. Recently, however, some new thoughts have been coming together from this psalm that I want to share with you this Christmas week.
“…to which I may CONTINUALLY come.” Continually is a strong word…always, habitually, lifestyle. Continually coming to Jesus, because He is continually available. He is always present. He is an “all the day”, “at all times”, 24/7 Savior & Redeemer & Rescuer & Lord. Always. This is what I’m calling 🙂 His 24/7-Ness that invites us to a lifestyle/habit/all-the-day responsiveness to Him…our own 24/7-ness if you will. David lives/speaks/hopes from a 24/7 responsiveness to the Lord.
David had the freedom of heart and faith to express his 24/7 neediness of God, to God….but didn’t stop there. This song is also full of expressions of living 24/7 before the Lord in hope, in worship, in trust! THIS is where Christmas leads us…the Word made flesh and living always with us; this is Luke 1-2 and is absolutely Psalm 22’s Messiah. This is life in a fallen-but-being-redeemed world in which Lord Jesus is present to us through His Spirit (gotta keep Christmas and Easter together!)
Where have you been running to continually? Where/what/who is your “rock of refuge”…especially in the holiday season, which for many is so challenging, painful, lonely, disappointing? Today be reminded of Psalm 71:3’s Christmas hope for you: JESUS IS CONTINUALLY AVAILABLE for you…in temptation, in struggle, in the ‘groaning’ you may be experiencing in the battle against sin. He CAME so that now by faith we experience Him coming to us moment by moment in our weakness, and in our worship, as we BELIEVE UPON Him to be to us, our Rock of Refuge.