The Psalmist must have had one of those days and realized that God is the perfect protector, who in spite of circumstances, will “deliver us” and will “cover us.”
In him we are able to find refuge. Through that refuge we are able to rediscover that no matter what is happening to us we shall manage our fear in faith.
The refuge does not mean become exempt from the “terror of the night,” but rather know that God is present and active in our lives during the terror and leads us to “lie down in green pastures” and be “led by the still waters.” and that “he restores our soul.”
Souls need restoring when they know the “pestilence that stalks in darkness,” (NRSV) or as it says in The Message, “disease that prowls through the darkness.”
I return to verse 4 in The Message and begin to glimpse the solace that he promises when I read, “His huge outstretched arms protect you…”
You and I need a big, huge, larger than life God these days.
I cling to these words. “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll give you the best of care, if you only get to know me and trust me.”
“Call me and I’ll answer…”
“I’ll give you a long drink of salvation.”
Thank you, Lord. I…am…thirsty.
Moving to the deeper places,