Words from the Heart for Saturday January 30th, 2021
I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
Psalm 142:5-6 (NIV)
You Are My Refuge
In November last year, the Federal Government announced a new immigration initiative that will attract students and youth from Hong Kong to Canada by offering a new open work permit and broadening their pathways to permanent residency. This announcement supports the commitments made by the Government of Canada to maintain the many connections between Canada and Hong Kong in response to the Chinese government’s imposition and implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong on June 30, 2020.
Sometimes we think those who are rich and powerful have an easy life. They can afford anything they want, they can hire people to do their bidding, they can make things happen. But the reality is that very often they face even greater challenges. That was certainly the case with King David. Throughout his life he faced threats against his life from the likes of King Saul and his own son Absalom. Because he was a prolific writer, David speaks from three millennia ago into our lives today when he writes in Psalm 142:5-6: “I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.” It seems impossible to think that powerful King David had those were too strong for him. But David knew this to be true. So he cries out to the One who is greater than all – to the God of universe, the Creator of all things. We have come to know Him through His son Jesus Christ. And we can cry out to Him as well.
These have been words from the heart.