Where is Your Joy and Security?

by Janet Sketchley (reprinted from Tenacity)


JOY – a photo by Elli Kistemaker

“Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely”
(Psalm 63:7-8, NLT).

I’ve been reading this psalm daily for a few weeks now, and although it’s short, it’s powerful. David is longing for God, and he’s aware of his enemies pressing in, yet the verses overflow with words like praise and joy and sing. He has his faith perspective in place.

I know about pressing through in prayer, bringing God our fears and troubles. Leaving those troubles with Him. Praying until it becomes about Him rather than about us. Until we’re worshipping. Praising.

I don’t do it nearly as often as I should.

That’s what David’s doing here. He hasn’t forgotten the desert or his enemies’ plots. He’s not denying or ignoring them.

But he sees God.

He knows God is enough.

He’s not perching timidly in the shadow of God’s wings, trembling in that strong hand because the danger might snatch him away. He has no thought that God might drop him or fail to protect him.


Our God, You are strong and mighty to save. You are our strong tower, our refuge, our shelter and our Defender. You are our Good Shepherd. We know the words, but so often we don’t act like we believe them. We run to You and keep watching our troubles as if they might break through Your defenses. Faith tells us that can’t happen. Help us listen and be confident in You.

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Janet Sketchley

Janet is an east coast Canadian writer working to break into print in novel-length fiction. In the mean time, she writes weekly book reviews, devotionals and features on her blog, ”Tenacity“.

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  1. Thank you, Mary, and a blessed and wonder-filled Christmas to you too!

  2. Mary Haskett says:

    What a great reminder of our God’s unfailing care for us in every situation. Thank you Janet. Have a blessed Christmas.

  3. Thank you, Jan. Peace and joy to you and Wayne too this Christmas!

  4. Janis Cox says:

    You are most welcome Brian. Happy that you are enjoying them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Janis Cox says:

    The picture was a gift from my daughter. Her photographer, Elli Kistemaker, http://www.elliekistemakerphotography.com/ did the photo. I will put the link to her site on my blog. I love the picture too as it shows beauty when we SLOW down. So praying that you will find God’s perfect peace this Christmas.

  6. Brian Plouffe says:

    Thanks for all your blogs Jan. May you and Wayne have a blessed Christmas!

    Brian and Dianne

    Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:16:46 +0000 To: brianplouffe@hotmail.com

  7. Love that butterfly photo, Jan! I think of butterflies as skittish creatures, so to see a bunch of them sitting still speaks of peace and security.

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