February 4 - Where to Turn

By David Thomas

Devotional Scripture: Psalm 28

Central Thought: God-reliance is better than self-reliance.

    David was in trouble, with only one way out: through God. David knew he could turn to God to deliver him from the surrounding evil, so David's first call went to the One who could provide the needed strength and protection.

    To whom do we place our first call? Do we look to ourselves first in an age in which self-reliance is emphasized? The misguided temptation can be to prove that we are capable of standing on our own two feet.

    David expresses clearly that God hears our cries and is present to provide strength and protection. The final four verses of Psalm 28 reveal that the David who sounded so desperate in the beginning of the passage is now filled with faith and hope. The one-time shepherd ends the passage with the image of God, our Shepherd, carrying His people like a little lamb. That picture of protection is one David, no doubt, knew well from the times he had lifted helpless lambs from dangerous situations. By choosing to cry out to God first, David set for us the example of realizing our helplessness and recognizing the source of our protection. We can turn to God, cry out to Him, and rely on Him for our strength and protection.

Devotional Prayer: May I turn immediately to You, Lord, in uncertain circumstances, for You alone are my source of strength and protection.

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 19:16-21:21; Matthew 23:13-39; Psalm 28:1-9; Proverbs 7:1-5