God is in charge of the world
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O God, declare [my enemies] guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins, for they rebel against you.
A refuge to rejoice
Things didn’t look good for Martin Luther when he was summoned to Augsburg in late October 1518. He was being charged with heresy. Up to this point Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony, had protected Luther from the church authorities, but now the prince was under pressure to withdraw his protection. It seemed only a matter of time before he would.
In Augsburg, Luther was asked, “If the elector of Saxony abandons you, where will you find shelter?”
The Reformer responded, “Under the shelter of heaven.”
In the last part of Psalm 5, we find that David, like Luther, trusted in the Lord to rescue him from his enemies. Did the psalmist escape from the trap? We don’t know, but the psalm closes with “joyful praises,” because David knew that he was now surrounded by God’s protection. Like Martin Luther, he found refuge under the shelter of heaven.
Under his wings, O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er.
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me;
Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore.
WILLIAM O. CUSHING
adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen,, Tyndale House Publishers (1999), entry for January 8
The difference between a politician and a statesman is: A politician thinks of the next election, and a statesman thinks of the next generation.
JAMES F. CLARKE
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