Scripture: Psalm 28
Key verse: (7) “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; . . .”
Reflection: This psalm is a prayer for deliverance attributed to King David. If you are familiar with the history of Israel, David spent a lot of time in battle fighting those who wanted to destroy him or his country. He regularly asked for protection and much of the book of Psalms chronicles his fervent prayers for deliverance. The Psalms also include his joyful songs of praise. Sometimes these two themes of deliverance and praise are woven together as seen in today’s psalm. Notice the way David used poetry to give voice to his personal struggles and those of the people of Israel. Now consider how these same words, spoken across thousands of years, also give voice to our struggles. These are words of comfort and strength that help us, especially when we feel like we are under attack by the challenges of life. I’ve been listening to the interviews of people in Paradise, CA who lost everything. It’s hard to imagine a fire moving so quickly that you would have no time to flee. Those who were able to escape have seen a lifetime of history wiped out. More than 1,000 people are still missing. The trauma from this devastation is beyond comprehension. How do people who have lost so much pray? I believe they are carried on our prayers and the help we offer. Otherwise, there would be only despair. We have hope, like David, that God hears their prayers in the midst of struggle. They are facing an “enemy” of natural disaster. What “enemy” are you facing right now? Read this psalm as a prayer to God. Then, trust in the LORD and let God be your strength. And when you are called to act, respond, whether it is helping another person or receiving help yourself.
Prayer: Almighty God, we need your strength. Help us to trust you in every circumstance of life. Remind us that you care for us and what happens to us. We give thanks that you hear our cries and will not forsake us. 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].