“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
~Psalm 12:5 (ESV)
I am always excited when the various Scriptures I am reading interpret one another. The Holy Spirit becomes my teacher in a more tangible way for a time. A few weeks ago, I underlined the verse above and found myself reflecting on my longings and where God will place me in this new year.
Then I read in Exodus 2:23-25: During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
And I felt reassured that God saw me and knew not only my longings but also where I was to be placed. Then I happened upon what King David wrote about a place, and remembered that place is not only a verb but also a noun.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
~Psalm 18:19 (ESV)
In God’s kingdom, a broad place is not a normal place. It is a large space with enough room to turn towards God and more than enough room to grow in the grace and knowledge of God’s love. It is a place where we are transformed and can trust that God will place us in a place of safety.
Thank You God for knowing the place where we will be placed.