At WE on Sunday mornings we are investing into a pursuit of “Sanctuary.” An admission on behalf of God’s people that we yearn for solace. And an admission on behalf of God’s people that true sanctuary is only found in Him.
“A place of refuge” is our subheading that we are working under. The theme of God as our refuge is a common thread throughout the Psalms and so each week we are centering ourselves and building upon one of the Psalms that invite us into the presence of God as we take refuge, solace, sanctuary in Him.
Psalm 18 is one of my favorites. It’s not one that we are going to consider as a primary text during this Sunday morning series largely because I fully acknowledge that I come to this well very often. But truth be told, I come to this well often because, for me, it is so deep, and it’s water so pure. It is a Psalm like so many of the Psalms that indeed ushers us into the wonderful presence of God.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:1-3).
Our working definition of “Sanctuary” is: a place of refuge; a safe haven; a space of protection; a quiet, still place of rest.
In the coming weeks we’ll navigate through the theme of God as our sanctuary, we as His sanctuaries, and the church as sanctuary.
I want to encourage each of us not only to intentionally come and be a part of our time of worship with one another, but to also seek out friends and loved ones who might be inclined to share in this theme of “Sanctuary.”
Because if I’m correct in this, there are many who could use a little more sanctuary in life.
Glory to God!