September 14, 2018

Psalm 61:1–3 (NLT) — 1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

These first two verses reminded me of what Jesus said concerning our heavenly Father.

Matthew 6:8 (NLT) — 8 … your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

So the other day I picked up a dishwasher from Sears and the guy there helped me put it in the back of my van. I got home and opened up the rear door and pulled the box that the washer was in part way out of the van. I then realized that I would not be able to get it out of the van and into the house on my own. As I looked down the street about a 1/4 block away there were two guys walking from the play ground with their children and about to get in their SUV. One of the guys happened to look at me and we made eye contact. With out me saying a word he yells to me, “Do you need a hand?” It was like he sensed that I needed help. I answered back, “Yes, I do.” Him and his buddy came over and they helped me get the dishwasher into the house.

I believe that is what Jesus was talking about when he said that our heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask. And he is just as willing to help as those two guys were to help me. Isn’t that encouraging? Doesn’t it just want to make you want to cry out to the Lord? Doesn’t it give you great confidence that that Father knows exactly what we need and when we need it?

When I read verse 3 about how the Lord keeps me in a place where the enemy can’t reach me; I got this picture: You know how a big brother will tease a younger brother by taking a basketball and holding it just high enough so that when the little brother jumps he still can’t reach it. It is just a little too far out of his grasp.

I believe the Father holds us in his hands just out of the reach of the enemy. Jump as he might he just can’t reach us as long as we remain in the Father’s grasp.

John 10:29 (NLT) — 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Love the basketball analogy Pastor Dan. In His hands we can jump through any hoops (traps) the enemy sets us up for and always have the victory! When I think about the timing of God I it makes me smile. Every second was exactly timed out for you and the two guys to have such a moment. Maybe a red light for you and one more push on the swing for them. God is so cool;)