In You My Soul Takes Refuge

Psalm 57:1-3, 7-11

“​1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
until the destroying storms pass by.
2 I cry to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me,
he will put to shame those who trample on me.
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody.
8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
your faithfulness extends to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.”  NRSV

I’m not sure we twenty-first century folk give much thought “to taking refuge in God,” to see God as a source of shelter, security, and protection. I’m not sure we have that same sense of intimacy with God that the psalmists seemed to enjoy. I’m not sure why, but I would want to lobby for us to see God in that way today. I want us to trust that God always has our best interest at heart, when we demonstrate our trustworthiness to God. In that kind of trust we find refuge.

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