Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shielded with Favor

Mike and I are reading a Psalm a Day right now.  One of the things I love about the Psalms is that no matter what your emotion, you will likely find it expressed there.  It can really be a helpful guide for praying when you just can't find the words.

I am praying for some friends who are facing very serious health challenges.  It is such a helpless feeling to see someone you care about hurting.  I literally woke up one day praying, but my words seemed too pitiful to appropriately cover the situation.  I know that God's work is not dependent on my words, but still, I searched to express my thoughts.  Today I went back to Psalm 5:11-12.

"But let all who take refuge in you
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your
name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous,
O Lord;
you cover them with favor as
with a shield." NRSV

I am sure there have been times I've read over those verses and just thought they sounded nice.  Today, they really speak to me.  I love picturing God spreading protection over my friends, shielding them with his favor. 

1 comment:

Emily said...

I love the image of God being a shield around me. What a comforting thought! I too like reading the Psalms when I just don't have the words to pray. David (as well as the other psalm writers) had a way of crying out to God with such honest, raw emotion. I can identify with that.

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