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Our Shelter in Times of Storms

May 19, 2016

Thursday

 

Psalms 61: 3-5

 

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

 

 

LESSON

 

David’s desire for God’s protection rested on the Lord’s previous provisions of deliverance for him. God had proved to be his refuge and tower of strength. Now the psalmist longed to dwell in the Lord’s tent or tabernacle and to enjoy the protection of His wings, as though he were a baby chick or bird. References in the psalms to dwelling in the tent or tabernacle of the Lord sometimes mean dwelling in the Lord’s presence in a state of continuous communion. The psalmist’s longing for God is a familiar motif in the Psalms as an expression of deep love for God arising out of great adversity.

David is calling out to God. In one he says, my heart is overwhelmed, and in the other he says, My soul refused to be comforted. Have you ever been in a place where your heart refuses to be comforted or where the circumstances of life seem to totally overwhelmed. David says that he is “overwhelmed”.Overwhelmed means to “throw a dark sheet over to create darkness.” All of us come into that point of our life sometimes when we feel like our life has been covered over.

 

Memory Verse: Isaiah 25:4

 

 

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