Oftentimes there is a Bible passage that resonates with the season one finds themselves in.
Metaphorically speaking, I have gone through a deep, dark, horrid, winter. I’m now approaching spring; although it seems to be much the same as our British winter this year, where winter keeps coming back for more – trying frantically to stop spring from arriving.
So, when it looked like winter was starting to dominate in my life once again, Psalm 28 was a timely and welcome reminder of where my hope comes from.
I’ll lead you trough the verses that spoke to me.
‘To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I shall be like those who have gone down to the pit.’ (Psalm 28:1 NIV)
If I were to rewrite this verse, it would say, ‘if you remain silent, (it) shall be like (when I have previously) gone down to the pit (of despair)’. When I read the verse I was reminded that I’ve been in that pit, but I now know the way out of the pit – Jesus.
‘Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands towards your Most Holy Place. … Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.’ (Psalm 28:2, 6-7 NIV)
We all need mercy, don’t we? The LORD hears our cry for mercy. He is merciful towards us, with our best interests in mind. Our help most definitely comes from the LORD, even if we can’t see it until later. Like David, my heart trusts in the LORD and I thank Him profusely for all He does and all He is.
‘The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.’ (Psalm 28:8 NIV)
I’ve written about the LORD being a fortress in a previous blog, but this verse still intrigued me. I want to study it further.
We’ve now reached the final verse, which says, ‘… be their shepherd and carry them forever.’ (Psalm 28:9b NIV) I love this verse so much. It speaks to me in such a deep way. It’s amazingly comforting that He carries us, his sheep, forever. I love the image of Him being Shepherd; and that Jesus is both good shepherd and the lamb that was slain for the sake of us, all the other sheep. My heart sings so much praise.
So, that’s a brief synopsis of what I love about Psalm 28 – my hope for this season.