A Strong Holding Hug


The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9, 10)


Refuge – place of shelter, a fort of safety, a fail-safe hide out.

Stronghold – that “go to” anchor; the rock climber’s hand hold; the mighty, unyielding hug of a parent, calming and holding still, his child.


What little kid – when bullied, or sad – has not run away, looking for a place to hide?

… Who hasn’t been that kid looking for a hug, hoping for someone to strongly hold them until the trouble passed.

“Those who know your name…they trust in you.”

They look for you , like in a game of hide and seek.

They cry for you as the only one who can answer their need.

They yearn for you in a dry and weary land…

As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;

Lord, you show yourself to those that seek you.

You reveal your love to those whose hearts cry out, All ye, all ye Outs: Come in! Jesus, make us free, free, FREE!”

“You love those that love you, and those that seek you, find you.” (Prov 8: 17)

And You will forever be the best of all strong huggers in times of trouble.



Lord, I know your name and I will seek your face. You are the hiding place that I seek, the hug of strength that keeps me planted firm in your truth.

May all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

Psalm 40: 16

Watering Today: Prov 9; ps 9, 109, 99; Jeremiah 42-44; Psalms 48; Revelation 13





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