Out and In
weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - July 19, 2022
The Lord in His faithfulness helped us. Help was never more truly needed, nor did the help of the Lord ever come more obviously from Himself – His timing could not have been better. Praise the Lord for His goodness! Praise Him that He helped us trust in Him in this trying hour. - George Muller
Maybe it’s just the way the English language works, or maybe it’s because the hamburger chain is well known, but In and Out just sounds better than out and in.
The wonderful promise provided at the end of Psalm 121 uses the unusual order – out and in. “The Lord will keep your going out and coming in from this time forth and forever more.” (Psalm 121:8)
The picture may be of a shepherd leading a flock of sheep out in the morning and back to the fold in the evening. But more likely it recalls a general or king leading an army into battle and returning victoriously.
When the people of Israel anointed David king over all Israel, they recounted his exploits as their general. “It was you who led out and brought in Israel.” (1 Chronicles 11:2) He faced danger with his soldiers and engaged until the victorious end.