Scripture: Psalm 57
Key verse: (1) “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.”
Reflection: What do you do when the storms of life hit? Most of us want to regain control of the situation as quickly as possible. Illness, death and accidents throw us off-balance disrupting our equilibrium. The uncertainty the challenges bring is unsettling and upsetting. The author of today’s psalm, King David, was under attack. He could have hunkered down in despair but he chose to pray and ask for God’s protection and mercy in the midst of his struggle. The image of being protected under the shadow of God’s wings is powerful. It is metaphorical language that describes God’s protective care when things go wrong.
Recently, I was sitting on my porch and I watched a mother mockingbird protect her nest from a red-tailed hawk. The mockingbird first chased the hawk, nipping at its wings. She was relentless until the hawk flew away — it wasn’t worth his trouble. The mockingbird then covered her nest. Her babies were safe under the shadow of her wings — her protective care. I often think of this scene when I think about God’s protective care. God cares about what happens to us. Of course, we wish nothing bad would ever happen, but God is there when something does. In life’s storms we can gather under the shadow of God’s wings and ask for mercy and refuge until the storm passes. The psalmist gives thanks for this kind of protection and for God’s steadfast love. This love and mercy is available to all of us. God is faithful no matter what you might be facing. God will not leave you alone. Give thanks today for this kind of love and let your soul take refuge in God.
Prayer: Merciful God, we cry out to you in times of need. Help us have steadfast hearts and give us a strong faith that we might take comfort in your love when we need it most. We are grateful for your presence today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].