Shelter from the Storm, or Shelter in the Storm? (A Lesson from Psalm 55)

“Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest!” (Psalm 55:6-8) David wanted to run away from all his troubles. He was betrayed by a friend (possibly Ahitophel in 2 Samuel 17:1-4). He was stabbed in the back by an equal, a friend, a companion (possibly Absalom in 2 Samuel 15:1-6). They troubled David greatly. One gets the sense that David is on an emotional roller coaster as he writes this Psalm. He faces “speech … as smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart.” David is in deep distress, pained by anxiety and swimming in trouble; so, he considers flying away fro

How Your Salvation Works

Westminster Confession 7:2-3 2. The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works in which life was promised to Adam and, in him, to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience. 3. Since man, by his fall, made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was then pleased to make a second covenant, commonly called the covenant of grace. In it God freely offers life and salvation by Jesus Christ to sinners, requiring of them faith in him, that they may be saved, and promising to give his Holy Spirit to all those who are ordained to eternal life, to make them willing and able to believe. ___ The Covenant of Life, most often called the Covenant of Works, is a g

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