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For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever. (Ps. 61:3–4)

Expanded Passage: Psalm 61

My mother passed away in her eighties. It may seem odd, but one item of hers that I kept was her checkbook. When I browse through it, I see a consistency and focus in her financial matters that I would do well to emulate. Her modest income from a pension and social security arrived on their monthly schedule. She then paid the monthly bills, and every Sunday the ledger showed her tithe check. She was so consistent over her entire lifetime, living within what God provided. It is a testimony of her faithfulness to God and his faithfulness to her. She lived within God’s provision.

In this Scripture, the psalmist stated that God was his “refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” He knew that when he got into trouble, there was a strong tower to which he could run and find shelter. But the psalm went further. I can imagine that the writer had run to the tower more than once. Repeatedly, he was overwhelmed by some foe, and he ran for cover. Then he asked himself an important question: “Why do I find myself always running back to this place of refuge? Why don’t I just live here? Why don’t I just pitch my tent and live out my years here within God’s provision?” Good question. Maybe it is something we should ask ourselves.

Live within the provision God has given you.

Calvin Wylie is a retired federal employee. He is the son of a Wesleyan pastor and evangelist. Calvin and his wife, Tammy, live in Clemson, South Carolina.

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