“The Lord became my protector.
“He brought me out to a place of freedom; He saved me because He delighted in me.”
Psalm 18: 19-20
The Lord wants us be free.
Recall how often the Lord asks his disciples to ‘trust’, ‘be not afraid’, and so on. His mighty exhortation: “Take courage! It is I!” should be all that we need! His repeated encouragement to us to turn to Him is so we may be free–free from the heavy burdens of this world, free from fear and anxiety, free from anything that keeps us focused everywhere else but on Him.
He is our protector. He promised to remain with us until the end, when He will gather us in and take us to dwell with Him forever. And in His promise to be ‘our protector’, he instructs us to leave everything with Him, go about the things set before us, and leave all the rest to Him to work out for us. As Jean-Pierre de Caussade wrote:
“Holy Scripture makes it very plain, ‘Fear God, and keep His Commandments, as this is the whole duty of man.’ This is ALL we have to do. This is active loyalty. If we do our part, God will do all the rest. Grace will pour into us and perform marvels beyond our understanding….”
And we will be slaves no longer, but free.
Let us pray, then, this prayer from the Irish Jesuits:
Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Freedom to enjoy the world You have created.
Grant that I may live as You intended:
With complete confidence in Your loving care.
May you have peace today. May you be free, leaving all with Him, trusting in His merciful love, and live today and every day in the fullest.