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: Where do you go when you are frightened and need reassurance? As a child, I awoke from bad dreams or in the middle of a thunderstorm and made my way to my parents’ room with hopes of crawling between them for the last hours of sleep. That place in the middle of the bed felt safe and secure. As an adult, I can no longer crawl into my parents’ bed but I do find that getting into my own sometimes brings comfort.
The writer of the psalm uses the image of God as a bird and seeks safety under the shadow of the bird’s wings. The image implies love, care, and protection.
Sometimes in my prayers, when I am worried about many things and unable to let go of anxiety, I imagine myself settling in beside God. God can cover me with a wing and I can take a deep breath to relax, knowing that I am loved. May you also know the caring love of God who watches over you and will stay with you when the destroying storms pass by.
Prayer: Almighty God, I cry to you when I’m frightened and when I’m anxious. Give me an assurance of your loving presence with me to calm my fears and to settle my soul. Your steadfast love is as high as the heavens and your faithfulness extends to the clouds. Thank you. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].