Reading: Psalm 31: 1-5 and 15-16
Verses 1 and 2: In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge… be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
Today’s Psalm 31 verses really represent the best of King David, “a man after God’s own heart”. It demonstrates for each of us the relationship we all should strive for with God. It speaks of refuge, strength, redemption, and deliverance. In the verses not in our reading, the Psalm recalls some of the trials and sufferings of David’s life. It is good to balance out the verses we read with a reminder that even the great King David hadn’t his struggles as well. As we too face trials, temptations, and struggles it is good to know that we are not alone. To acknowledge this makes the verses for today all that much more relevant to each of us.
At times, life does seem to storm about us. The Psalm opens with David taking refuge in God. There is a trust in this action that we should emulate as well. Seeking refuge in God signals our admission of our inability to handle it or solve it on our own. It admits our absolute need for God. David goes on to extend the place of refuge to be a place of leadership and guidance. Once David feels the safety and protection of God’s refuge, then he begins to seek the next steps. David asks God to lead and guide him. He does not say, “The storm has calmed” and then step back out on his own. David’s example maintains the trust in God and the dependence on God. We would do well to follow his example.
The last two verses of our reading reiterate these points. David writes, “my times are in your hands” and asks for God’s face to shine upon him. He also seeks saving through God’s unfailing love. All we have and are rests in God’s hands as well. May we trust into this reality as we spend our days. When we trust and love God with all of our being, His face shines upon us too and we will certainly walk each day in the light of His love. Amen!