Today’s scripture, the first eight verses of the 63rd Psalm, beautifully reflect David’s ability to find refuge and confidence in God even when he was in the wilderness of Judah, fleeing from those who sought his life.
Last May a group of Woodlanders under Randy Edwards’ direction trekked the circumference of Ireland, often finding ourselves in the footsteps of Patrick, the country’s patron saint… from the Dublin cathedral bearing his name, built on the legendary site of his baptizing of local converts, to the haunting Rock of Cashel, historic seat of ancient kings. The “Rock,” a 200-foot-high outcrop of limestone crowned by the stone ruins of a Gothic cathedral, is built on the site of Patrick’s baptism of King Aengus in about A.D. 450. One of Patrick’s prayers, often called “Patrick’s Breastplate,” said to have been written to invoke God’s strength as he prepared to personally challenge and convert King Loegaire, the high king of Ireland, is reminiscent of David’s psalm in time of need. Two eloquent portions of the prayer:
I bind to myself today God’s Power to guide me, God’s Might
to uphold me, God’s Wisdom to teach me, God’s Eye to watch
over me, God’s Ear to hear me, God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me, God’s Way to lie before me, God’s
Shield to shelter me, God’s Host to secure me…
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ
before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort
and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in
quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ
in mouth of friend and stranger.
By Lance Mayes
It is easy to be afraid; we have so much to be afraid of — at least that’s what they tell us. We need to be afraid of North Korea. We need to be afraid of ISIS. We need to be afraid of foreign and domestic terrorists. We need to be afraid of those who want to traffic our children. We need to be afraid of immigrants. We need to be afraid of Muslims.
No we don’t. We don’t need to be afraid. Yes, we need to be wise, but we do not need to be afraid. We can trust that whatever we face, God is with us. We can have confidence that God listens to us.
We are to wait patiently for God. It is difficult for us to wait. We are so used to getting what we want when we want it. We can DVR TV programs and watch them whenever we want and even fast-forward through the commercials. God’s timing may be different than our timing. We can still trust that God has not and will not abandon us.
Be encouraged today. This video is from 2010. The text is from Old Testament times.
No question that putting fear behind us and waiting patiently on God is hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. What are you going through that is causing you fear? What is bringing you down? What is causing you discouragement?
Be encouraged today. Pray that God will give you the strength you need. May God hear our prayers.