Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me; for it is in you that my soul takes refuge. In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge.”
Words of Hope
The above Psalm, like so many, have been attributed to David, the shepherd boy who became king. This particular verse references the time when the Israelite King Saul was hunting to kill the young warrior David who had sought refuge and hid in a distant cave. Like David’s world, sometimes the world around us may be turned upside down with dangerous threats and loss. We need a sure and safe refuge to anchor our lives and quiet the worries of our heart. The world may offer potential solutions or mind-numbing options, but David models for us the best solution for these moments of crisis… turn to God’s loving care. You may hide under the protection of God wings and still get scratches and a nosebleed, but you won’t end up mortally wounded!
Consider, too, David’s reaction to an incident in his life recorded in I Chronicles 16:8-9: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name, make God deeds known among the people. Sing, sing praises to God.” After King David fought the Philistines and recaptured the Ark of the Covenant, he brought it safely back to Israelite territory and ordered celebrations. This verse begins a hymn of praise to God. Since then many official statements and hymns have been composed to praise and thank God. But, what about your personal life experience? Is it filled with genuine thanksgiving to the Creator God? Each of us receives more blessings per hour than we can count. Do words of gratitude flow off your tongue giving thanks and praise to our Lord? Praising God’s nature and love is the basis of our spiritual life. From ancient rabbinic literature it is said: “In the world to come, all sacrifice [and offering] will cease, but the sacrifice of thanksgiving will remain forever; equally, all confessional statements will cease, but the confession of our thanksgiving to God will remain forever.”
Let it be so in our lives. May our days be filled with an acute awareness of God’s blessings and may we experience a closer walk with the Divine One.
Lord God, as I journey through daily activities, may the multitude of these divinely inspired words help me to focus on your desires for my life. Keep me safe and on the right path with you. Amen
Donald (Luke) Day
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare