Scripture: Psalm 36
Key verse: (7) How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Reflection: Today’s psalm begins with harsh words about those who sin against God. They flatter themselves in their own eyes. The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit. They plot evil while they lounge around. They are on a bad path.
Then the writer turns attention from the sinful humans to the all-loving God. God’s love is bigger than any human sin. God’s grace is more generous than we can ever imagine. God’s care for creation extends to everyone, good and evil, people and animals.
Quite a contrast between the sinful humans and the all-loving God! When we find ourselves discouraged by the state of the world, when we worry that “everything is going to hell in a handbasket,” when we are dismayed by the choices that others make, when we witness behavior that is appallingly selfish, we are invited to turn toward God. Focus on the love of God. Give thanks for all that God has done in your life. Entrust yourself into God’s care and trust God to handle any spiritual judgment.
And on those days when you think you might be on the wrong path, remember that ALL people can take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings. Even you. So no matter what evil you’ve done, or what bad choices you’ve made, or what shame or guilt weighs you down, take refuge in God. God’s love is steadfast and welcomes you.
Prayer: I don’t understand why people do the things they do. I don’t understand why I do the things I do. Give me refuge O God in the deep assurance of your love for me and strengthen me to be faithful. 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].