Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Under His Wings"

What a week I'm having.. Cram packed with exams, homework, projects, and the few minutes a day I squeeze in to be with friends and family. This morning I was sitting in class, preparing for our test tomorrow, with the material for today's test swirling around in my brain, and I got a wonderful text from Dan's mom. She told me she prayed for me about my tests. Then she gave me a verse for this week: "I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed."

I am so thankful that people are remembering me in their prayers and encouraging me to keep on keepin' on. It is such a blessing to hear these things, and that verse is exactly what I need for this week! I wrote the verse on the front page of my test today, and will keep writing it on all my tests until this disaster of a week has passed!

The whole verse reads, "Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Psalm 57:1
The passage this verse comes from was written by David when he had fled from Saul was staying in a cave. David describes all the things he is up against; people hotly pursueing him, lions, ravenous beasts, men with spears, arrows, and swords, and in the midst of all of this, he is stopping and taking to time to call out to God to have mercy on him. This crazy week of exams and studying and working is absolutely nothing compared to what David faced, so I know that if God can deliver David out of that cave, He will be faithful to get me through this week. And in return I must be careful to give Him the praise.

Everyone should read and meditate on Psalm 57. It is an incredible depiction of God's love and faithfulness to His children. I will read this passage every morning this week. My God is all-powerful and can deliver us from anything He chooses to.

"Under His wings, I am safely abiding,
though the night deepens and tempests are wild.
Still I can trust Him, I know He will keep me.
He has redeemed me and I am His child.

Under His wings, under His wings.
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings, my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever."

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