â€œFor thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy nameâ€™s sake lead me, and guide me.â€ (Psalm 31:3)
by Dr. John D. Morris, Ph.D.
avid wrote often about the trials of life, but he leaned on a wise and good Guide for deliverance. The next verses tell of the grave danger ahead and Davidâ€™s resolve: â€œPull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truthâ€ (vv. 4-5). â€œJesus! What a Friend for Sinnersâ€ addresses that in its fourth stanza.
Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night oâ€™ertakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
There was a time in the gospels when the disciples were overwhelmed by a tempest, but Jesus Christ, their Guide and Keeper, calmed the sea and rescued them. â€œThere arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves. . . . Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calmâ€ (Matthew 8:24-26). This was one of their first indications He was more than a mere man. â€œWhat manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!â€ (v. 27).
Sailors know the value of a wise and experienced pilot who can guide their ship into safe harbor. In an analogous way, Christ and His Spirit can keep us from ruinâ€”human, natural, or spiritual. Christ promised, â€œWhen he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truthâ€ (John 16:13). We are safe in His care.
The Old Testament contains the precious truth â€œThou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in theeâ€ (Isaiah 26:3). We have the assurance that â€œthe peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesusâ€ (Philippians 4:7). JDM