David has fled from Saul and hidden in a cave. He could have killed Saul, but he recognized him as annointed by God and would not harm him. Psalm 57 is purported to have been written by David as a remembrance of those events in his life. It could also serve as a devotional for us when we are feeling a little out of sorts because things in our life aren't going quite as planned. When life seems like a lump of coal pray the prayer voiced by David when he said, "Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me." After all, isn't that what we all need...a little mercy? Certainly we don't always want what we deserve. That would make us a miserable lot for sure. It is mercy that we should cry for, on our good days and our bad days.
"I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." There can be no better comfort than knowing that God's shadow protects us. When storms come, as they always will, hunker down in the knowledge that God knows your predicament and he will work good in every circumstance for those who know and trust him.
We should always be ready to exalt the name of the Lord. His goodness only provides breath for our lungs and meaning to our lives. It is God who keeps the demons at bay and prevents the evil of this world from overwhelming those who seek to live within the shadow of his divine will. It is God who causes the sun to rise each day and by that mercy gives us another opportunity to do his good will and sing his praises.
It is the goodness of God that keeps the evil from overpowering us. It is the mercy of God that offers us opportunity to live into his plan and purpose. It is God's love that seeks us unrelentingly and gives us hope for eternity. "For great is his love, reaching to the heavens; his faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth." That day will come. We should work for it. We should pray for it. And until it comes we should live as though it will be here tomorrow.
Another great day with my grandchildren, this time in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Micayla's hugs and the lights in the eyes of Faith, Elisabeth and Sophia are a great joy in my heart. I hope your days are as filled with blessing as mine have been. Looking forward to seeing you this Sabbath Day.