“He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.”
Have you ever felt trapped in a downward spiral? When we experience pain, when destruction is all around us, it can feel like everything is slipping away.
We reach and grab but we can’t hold tight to anything because there is nothing there. Only emptiness, darkness, and uncertainty.
When we read through the Psalms, we can see that this is something David was all too familiar with. But here is one thing David always knew to be true: the Lord was on his side.
I imagine that those trapped in slavery experience many of the same difficulties as David. I imagine it would be easy to think the whole world is against you and you cannot possibly shake yourself from the chains that bind you.
But there is hope! David always knew that no matter how shaky the ground he was standing on seemed to be, God would be his rock.
What would it feel like to be pulled from the chaos and turmoil of a broken and desperate situation and placed onto solid ground? What would it feel like to be freed from slavery and to experience the safety of a place like The Harbor? What would it be like to sing David’s hopeful song?
We hope for the Harbor to be a place of security for those who have known none. But more than that, we want to point these precious survivors to the Rock. We want them to know for sure that they are safe, and they can finally rest in the security of our Helper, our Rock, our God.