I’m going to be very real today. We’ve been walking through some very hard times that just got harder yesterday. My first human reaction was to wonder, “How can I run away from this? How can I escape?”
After I calmed down, I turn to God and let him know how I feeling: afraid, alone, sad, weary. Perhaps some of you can relate? There is a sense of exhaustion that can come when walking through trial upon trial. I knew I needed to hear from him to receive strength and comfort. I turned to his Word and felt as though the Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 63, specifically verses 7 and 8:
These verses speak of the give and take relationship we can have with God our Father (I like to call him Dad). On his side, he is our help and his hand upholds us. On our side, we sing, despite our circumstances and we cling. I like that. He helps and holds; we sing and cling.
Did you notice where we sing? In the shadow of his wings. A place of nearness to God, a protective sheltering place. He lifts his wing and says, “Come,” and then we respond, and we go. We must position ourselves under his wings, and from that place of protection and knowing whose we are, we can (and should) sing. Sing what? A song of worship and praise to the only One who can sustain and protect us in times of trouble.
How, you might be thinking, can I sing when I’m in so much pain, when I feel no song in my heart. I think that’s the miraculous part. In turning to God, instead of losing ourselves in emotion or turning to a crutch like alcohol or shopping or eating, we give ourselves the chance to experience his help and feel him holding us. This brings so much comfort and hope, we are able to sing. It might be a quiet song or a spoken song or a very short song, like “I love you, Lord,” or “I trust you,” or “Thank you for your presence.”
In this give and take relationship–where he does most of the giving–we can know his nearness, when we enter the close place (the shadow of his wing) and cling to him. As we sense strength and hope entering our souls, we find a small song rising up to him. Thus the circle continues: turning to God, clinging to him, receiving help, giving him praise. He helps and holds; we sing and cling.
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