Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:6 NIV
Canada’s largest earthquake since 1700, magnitude 8.1, occurred on August 22, 1949. The quake was on the Queen Charlotte Fault – the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates that runs underwater along the west coast of the Haida Gwaii off the west coast of British Columbia. The shaking was so severe on the Haida Gwaii that cows were knocked off their feet, and a geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada working on the north end of Graham Island could not stand up.
Experiencing an earthquake must be terrifying. With the earth shaking beneath you and buildings collapsing above you, with nowhere to run and hide, it must feel like the end is near. And for many, it is the end. We watch with horror at the news reports about a major earthquake. Many of us don’t live anywhere near where major earthquakes will occur, but we all face different kinds of earthquakes in our lives. Our world is shaken when a loved one dies, or we lose our job, or our children turn their backs on everything sacred. Is there a way out at times like that? King David experienced enough personal earthquakes in his life. King Saul pursued him in his youth, his own son sought his throne as David aged. So, what he writes in Psalm 62:6 comes out of decades of experience: “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.” David learned that when his world was under attack, the Lord whom he loved held him securely. He experienced the goodness of God over and over again. Trust God to hold you securely when your earthquakes come.
These have been words from the heart.