Need to Get Away?
Thursday, March 25, 2010

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“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.”  (Psalm 103:1)

                “Need to get away?”  This question is humorously asked in many ways on the famous Southwest Airlines commercials.  Each commercial puts its characters in a situation so embarrassing that escape seems to be the only way out.  This series of commercials is so successful because we have all found ourselves in those situations – cans falling from the shelves of a grocery store; walking into the wrong restroom; walking out of a restroom with tell tale signs; reaching out and hugging someone In a crowd you thought was your spouse only to find they are a total stranger.  You can fill in your own blanks, but we have all been there.  But there are really heavy things that happen to us which makes us want to escape far away and not return.  In fact, that is the fundamental reason behind suicide.  It is a way of escape in times when hope seems to be sucked out of life.  These times can be brought on externally such as the day the spouse says they want out or they have received really bad news from the doctor; or the unexpected pink slip stops the income days after you bought that new home; or bad news about the behavior of a child; or for whatever reason that check did not come in the mail.  And all you can think of is escape.

                We all need to get away sometimes, yet for whatever reason, escape is impossible at least in the physical sense.   I needed to get away this morning, so I ran to my favorite hiding place.  It is the 103 Psalms.  Seldom does the prayer of a saint touch so many parts of the human condition as does this Psalm.   It begins by David praising God.  And I suggest that all escape can begin there.  “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.”  Go to Him instead of your situation and praise Him.  For in praising God, you will find that the heaviness of life begins to be lifted.  If you haven’t praised Him lately with all your inmost being, begin by recounting all His attributes:  Holy, Divine, Love, Caring, Father, Gracious, Sustainer, Protector, Provider, Banner, Almighty, Sovereign, Healer, Teacher, etc., etc.  And don’t stop with the words, meditation on all they mean.

                Then remember what He does for you specifically.  “Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits – Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, [Who] redeems your life from the pit, and [Who] crowns you with compassion and love, Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.”   Forgiveness of sin, healing of disease, redemption from the pit you are trying to escape from, crowns with compassion and love, satisfies desires, and renews our youth are the benefits of going before God.  Clearly this is a picture of life eternal.  Our sins are forgiven eternally, our diseases are going in the eternal, all our problems go away in the eternal, our crown of glory is in the eternal.  All the benefits of God are enough to take our most morose mood and convert it into a joyous day.

                Yes our lives are like grass of the field – green one day and dry and windblown the next.  Yet God loves us, renews our youth and makes us whole for eternity.  God will not restore all my wasted years on earth, but He will forgive my sins, redeem me from the pits I have fallen and bring me into His presence for eternity and my youth will be renewed on eagles’ wings. 

                There are many escape places in God’s word: the Psalms 8, 23, 37, 90, 103, 119, 121, 139, Romans 8, Matthew 5-7, Ephesians 1-3, Colossians 1-3, Philippians, and 1 Corinthians 13.  And these are only a few.  But know this on this day, if you need to get away, there is no place like home in the loving arms of your God.


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