Psalm 71: 1 In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
You may have heard we’ve had a bit of rain down here in Texas. Okay, a lot of rain. It was the wettest May on record for the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. Area rivers and lakes have swelled beyond their banks and have caused a great deal of damage, even loss of life. Places that have never flooded before – under water. Crazy. And it’s not over. Water levels are continuing to rise in some places.
Talk about a feeling of helplessness.
When the water’s rising, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. I spoke yesterday with some people from our church who have been adversely effected by the rain and subsequent flooding. For the most part, they’re just taking it day by day. I see in each of them a sense that, while things are out of their control, they are not out of God’s control. I see a quiet resolve and trust in the Lord to see them through. In their faces I hear the words of Psalm 71:
3 Be to me a rock of refuge (O God), a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Lord Jesus, this morning we pray for the many people struggling to respond to the devastating floods in Texas and Oklahoma – which seemed to come out of nowhere. Give grace to those dealing with loss of homes, property and, in some cases, even life itself. Empower your church to come alongside those hurting, so we might be the hands of feet of Christ in tangible ways. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.