Chapter-a-Day Psalm 61

SanctuaryYou’ve always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all, A lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest. Psalm 61:3–4 (MSG)

I love spy novels. One of my favorite authors is David Morrell, who is a master of the genre. When you read his novels, you learn all sorts of things about the espionage business. One of the aspects of the spy business that you discover is the concept of a "safe-house." A safe-house is a dedicated place where agents, who have been out on assignment in brutally stressful situations, can find safety, rest, healing, and replenishment.

That’s why verse four of Psalm 61 jumped off the page at me today. I believe that we all need a safe-house. God tells us that this world is not our home. We are citizens of the Kingdom. We are here, therefore, on assignment. As ambassadors, (agents, if you will) of God’s Kingdom, we sometimes find ourselves in brutally difficult circumstances. We get beat down. We make mistakes that open us up to all sorts of negative consequences. We are compromised. We all need a period of rest, healing and replenishment on occasion. We need sanctuary.

How good to know we have a lifetime pass to God’s safe-house.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and midnight-digital.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 61”

  1. A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
    an open invitation as your guest.
    We all like lifetime memberships. They are typically paid up front or paid for you, so it feels like you are getting the benefits for free. My bride earned a lifetime membership into the ISU alumni association by graduating at the top of the Liberal Arts and Sciences College at Iowa State. We haven’t taken full advantage of the benefits in the past and would have never paid for it, but its kind of cool to know that the benefits of membership are available to us at no cost. God’s lifetime pass into His safe haven is paid ahead for us. We only need to show up to take advantage of the peace and other benefits He offers. Let’s show up!

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