32 See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice.
2 Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The fearful heart will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For fools speak folly,
their hearts are bent on evil:
They practice ungodliness
and spread error concerning the Lord;
the hungry they leave empty
and from the thirsty they withhold water.
7 Scoundrels use wicked methods,
they make up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble make noble plans,
and by noble deeds they stand.
I have a thought I will try to expand on later, but it can be simply stated like this: If there was ever a time to be a ''shelter from the storm", " a rock in a thirsty land"', now is that time.
I strongly suspect that we are facing the time of the Storm,when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. All the more do we then need to be points of stability, grounded in Jesus Christ, in a society that everything will seem to give way in. In the day where the scoundrel appears to have won, we must seek to be all the more noble.
The last few days, and after a night when I realized that the last hope to escape deep trouble had failed, the Lord seemed to be bringing to mind repeatedly the phrase, "If there was ever a time to be a Rock, now is that time", with this scripture. In a time of suffering (and suffering is coming),we will be called upon,in whatever way we empowered to do so, to be a refuge.
If anyone has any thought on this, I'd like to hear them.