June 3rd, 2009
Tripp, Paul David. A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009. 160 pp. $12.99. Purchase at Westminster Books.
Paul Tripp is no stranger to writing books of meditations. He has also written Crossway’s Whiter than Snow which is 52 meditations on Psalm 51. In addition to his books, he is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and is on the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA.
Paul shares in the first paragraph of the introduction one of the most painful times he experienced in his life—a nearly fatal accident involving his daughter. We quickly see that this is not a book of ivory tower meditations. Rather, these meditations obviously come from a man who has experienced his share of trouble in this life. Through all of those troubles, he has learned to find his shelter in the open arms of God.
According to his introduction, he picks Psalm 27 for four reasons:
• Its shock value
• Its regularity
• Its focus on Christ
• Its call to patient hope
Over the course of fifty-two meditations, the reader is treated to the glory of God through poetry and musings. He challenges the reader to look deep into his own soul and see where he needs sanctification. He provides comfort to the hurting and grieving. Through it all, you are pointed to Christ who is the One who enables everyone to approach God in prayer.
At the end of each meditation, there is a “Take a Moment” section comprised of two questions. Through these questions, the reader will be able to continue thinking throughout the day on a particular meditation. Moreover, your thoughts will give way to conversation with others enabling you to think more on the goodness of God throughout the day.
Fifty-two meditative writings, including some poetry, on a Psalm containing only 14 verses may seem like too much. However, when you get to the last page, you find yourself wishing to read more. We are deeply indebted to Paul David Tripp for publishing his meditations on Psalm 27. For anyone who experiences trials in this life, and that would be anyone who draws a breath, this book of meditations will prove to be a sweet balm to the broken hearted. Consider buying this book to give away to those experiencing deep sorrow in life.