An Open Door

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

~ Psalm 61:1-2

It’s a scenario many a young Mom (and Dad) can relate to … Opening the door and flipping on the light in his room, she sees her preschool-age son clutching his favorite blanket and sitting upright on his bed. With knees pulled up to his quivering chin, his thumb is inserted into his mouth and his eyes are puddled with fresh tears.

Sitting down on the edge of the bed, the mother pulls her little guy close and embraces him.  “Don’t be frightened, sweetheart,” she says calmly.  “Daddy and I are just down the hall.  Everything is okay.”  As the comforted child lies back down on his bed and watches his mother walk toward the hallway, he calls out, “Leave my door open … and the light on in the hallway, Okay Mommy? – It helps me know you’re not far away.

    David experienced fear.  In this psalm, most likely written after he had narrowly escaped Saul’s effort to kill him, David cried for God’s security and assurance of his presence.

    Most likely you can relate to being overwhelmed by the thought of isolation.  And, yet, just as that mother eased the panic in her child’s heart, by providing the reality check that she was indeed present in the house, God wants to do the same in your anxious heart.  He hears your frantic cries for help.  Just ask David.  Revealing his love and promises in the Bible is God’s way of leaving the door open.

~/~ Worship & Praise Devotional


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