[reprinted from September 3, 2010]
Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you. Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, until disaster has passed. Â Â Â Â Verse 1 (WEB)
Do you have any â€˜disastersâ€™ in your life? Any worries? Any dark clouds announcing an upcoming storm? Yes, sir, Iâ€™m crouching under His wings! God parted the Red Sea. Jesus calmed the storm and blew open a grave. Yes, God can handle any storm that blows my way!
I cry out to God Most High, to God who accomplishes my requests for me.Â Â Â Â Â Â Verse 2 (WEB)
God promises that He will complete what He has started in me (Philippians 1:6). Even â€˜disastersâ€™ have a purpose. Oh, how difficult that can be to accept much less understand. However, in the darkest times of my life, when I was weakest, Godâ€™s strength brought me through and my â€˜spiritual musclesâ€™ were certainly stronger. Maybe I can learn from Jacob who wrestled and would not let go until he was blessed. Wrestling certainly builds muscles, doesnâ€™t it?
He will send from heaven, and save me, he rebukes the one who is pursuing me. Selah. God will send out his loving kindness and his truth. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Verse 3 Â (WEB)
What a promise and encouragement! It is His presence, His love, and His truth that sustain and lift me. We must choose to live in this place.
My soul is among lions. I lie among those who are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Â Â Â Â Â Verse 4 (WEB)
I am in the world, not of the world. God did not intend for me to live â€˜awayâ€™ but instead Jesus said I was to be a light and I should shine before everyone so that the Father is glorified.
Be exalted, God, above the heavens! Let your glory be above all the earth! Â Â Â Verse 5 (WEB)
In everything I do, may You be glorified, Lord.
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Verse 6 (WEB)
Revenge belongs to God. To exact a revenge or some â€˜justiceâ€™ involves judgment on my part â€“ and judgment is not my job!
My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. Wake up, my glory! Wake up, psaltery and harp! I will wake up the dawn. I will give thanks to you, Lord, among the peoples. I will sing praises to you among the nations. O For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens, and your truth to the skies. Be exalted, God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth. Verses 7-11 (WEB)
You are worthy of my praise, Lord!!Â You are worthy!
Whether David wrote this â€˜songâ€™ or someone else â€” what a pattern for my prayer and worship life! Lay out my life, all that I am and that is in my life, and allow God to take the burdens on His shoulders and carry it to completion.
Morning or evening and in between, I bring my requests before the Lordâ€¦ and wait in expectation! Not in despair or doubt, but expectation!Â And as I wait, I praise You, Lord, because You are You â€” and worthy of praise!Â That is a comforting place to be.Â God is not only faithful but He is faith.Â And I want to be plugged in to that outlet!
Majesty and Glory written by Tom Fettke, sung by Tom Fettke Singers