From Everyday Psalms
Let all who find refuge in you be glad;
let them always sing with joy.
may all those who love your name rejoice in you.
The people of ancient Israel were a people who wandered, who lived as nomadic tribes or in exile, even a people who – when settled – spent much time outdoors in the fields, with herds, on the way to market, or to fetch water. For them shelter was a big deal, whether it was refuge from the elements or enemies. People who are victims of natural disasters understand this, but many of us don’t live this way. Nevertheless, there are many things in life from which all of us need “shelter” from time to time. God, for us, is still that shelter.
Shelter me, O Lord,
keep me safe, protect me.
Let me always rejoice in you,
LIVING THE PRAYER
Today I will allow the Lord to be my refuge.
Can I spare a few moments to think about what I may need to be sheltered from? Is one of them the busy-ness that doesn’t allow “a few moments”? How can God be my shelter? How will I rejoice?
THE NEW TESTAMENT SINGS
The Lord is faithful; the Lord will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
(2 Thessalonians 3:3)