A few weeks ago the picture that kept coming to my mind is of the Altar, the Ark that David made a tent for. The Ark representing the very presence of the Lord. What comes to mind is a Psalm.
6 “I call on You, O God,for You will answer me.Incline Your ear to me; hear my words. 7 Show the wonders of Your loving devotion,You who save by Your right handthose who seek refuge from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings. 9 from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
In thinking about this, I remember that David did not have a temple yet, although he wanted to build God a house, he did not get to build it. So he pitched a tent for the Ark.
2 Samuel 6:17
17So they brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
A tent for the Ark of the covenant, the presence of God was in a tent and David would go frequently to only bring his worship but also often to ask for direction and thus ‘inquire’ of the Lord whenever he was facing hardships. He would seek His direction on what to do.
I am sure David did not only inquire of the Lord or worshipped Him there, but would also find refuge there. Especially as a leader, he probably needed a place to run to. How otherwise would he write and tell God to hide him in the shadow of His wings.
We need this refuge today. We don’t know what to do in the face of this crisis. Our leaders need our prayers for wise decision making, but more than anything we need wisdom and direction and refuge.
I love using my imagination and picturing the rays of sun shining through and perphaps the wings of the cherubim would cast a shadow on the ground and David could actually literally find ‘shelter’ in the shadow of those wings.
However you would like to picture those words, for me it is comforting to know that those wings are His very presence. He wants us to run to His presence. Especially in the time in which we live. I want to run there don’t you. Some of us need a physical place to run to, but do you know we can run to Him in our words, our expression, our ‘prayers’.
This is not the time to come up with opinions on how we think our leaders should do better in protecting us from this virus. This is the time to run to the presence of God, to ‘inquire’ of the Lord. To sit still, to listen, to hide in the shadow of His wings.
So many have brought up Psalm 91 and why not. It is a beautiful reminder of where we are allowed to run. A beautiful reminder of a promise. That is what we do when we find ourselves in times of trouble, in times of hardship. We remind ourselves of what was said, what was promised adn Psalm 91:4 brings it beautifully.
4He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.
How amazing is that. He will cover you with His feathers, under His wings you will find refuge. Here it talks about how God is a protector of His people. His faithfulness (which is who He is) will be a shield and rampart. A rampart is like a walled city surround the city to protect it. This is what the faithfulness of the Lord does for those who believe in Him, fear Him and follow His ways.
Friend, in the midst of this very grim looking situation we are facing in the world today. This virus that seems to go after us like an enemy. Let us be more like David. Let us inquire of the Lord, let us ask Him for His insight, let us hide in the shadow of His wings. Let us find refuge under His wings, refuge and protection in His faithfulness.
Rehearse how God has been faithful to you. How has He shown you His faithfulness?
“But You O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generation.” (Psalm 102:12)
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.” (Psalm 103:18)
“The Lord has established his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angel, you might ones, who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul.” (Psalm 103:19-22)
Psalm 103 starts out with David expressing His praise to the Lord with his whole heart and soul. He is understood that we could never give enough praise and worship to the Lord.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)
I don’t know about you, but these days I find myself longing to run to the Altar, the presence of the Lord, to find refuge. Not in fear, but in my need for Him, my need for His view on things, my need for greater understanding, greater peace. I believe that it can only be found in Him, Jesus in me the hope of glory. I am going to join with David in saying:
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being praise His Holy Name.”