Thursday – May 23, 2024

2 Samuel 21-23; Psalm 18; Romans 3

by Becky Hill Martin

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
Psalm 18:2

I should come with a warning label: “Terrible in emergency situations.” Seriously, when things go wrong, I either freeze up completely or go into full-blown panic mode, trying to do a million things at once. It’s not like I don’t prepare—I’ve watched countless episodes of “What Would You Do?” and run through scenarios in my head. But when my kid got a concussion on the ball field, I didn’t know whether to throw hands or throw myself over the fence to get to her. (And before you get all “Judgie-McJudger-pants,” I stayed behind the fence.)

I know I’m not alone in this. Most of us aren’t trained First Responders with years of experience. Imagine if David had reacted like me when he faced the Philistine giant. Exhausted and fighting for his life, David called on the Lord, who rescued him. David had his emergency numbers memorized—not the ones we used to keep on the fridge for after-school emergencies, but a direct line to God.

In any crisis, big or small, we can always call out to God. He’s our 24/7, toll-free hotline, ready to offer comfort and guidance. No operators, no hold music—just a direct connection to the One who is always there for us.


  1. Lori says:

    Thanks for this, Becky