Psalm 57:1-2, [To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.] Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (1) I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. (2)

Does this sound like one of your prayers, dear Christian? David had a way with words, didn’t he? I’ve always felt that God placed specific accounts in His Word for us to walk away with a golden nugget to enrich our spiritual walk.

David not only had a way with words, but he had a way of letting his Heavenly Father know exactly how discouraged he was. David was aware that God already knew what was in his heart. Yet, David took the time to specifically spell out every detail of his trial and the way he was feeling. David leaves no doubt to the reader, and to God, of what is on his mind.

As you deal with your discouragement, stop and look at the way David’s petitions to God are laid out:

o David cries out and pleads to God
o David acknowledges that he trusts God
o David recognizes God’s provision during his trial
o David knows that God will take care of everything

What a pattern to follow! God already knows what you are feeling, dear Christian. But putting our thoughts into words bring closure somehow. That is why I love writing so much.

In closing, don’t you just love the analogy David uses about being in the shadow of God’s wings for shelter? One can only experience the shade of a tree or its protection from a passing rain if one stands under that tree. You cannot enjoy the shade and protection by watching it from afar, can you?

It is said that the Canadian goose allows the young to huddle under her wings next to her body for shelter and warmth. What a lovely picture! When we run to the Lord, as David did, we are not only sheltered from the storms of discouragement, but we are kept “warm.” You cannot be kept warm at a distance, my friend. You must first draw close to God to receive His warmth. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (Jam 4:8a)

How I thank Thee, oh Shepherd of my soul
For protecting me from the enemy’s snares
Under Thy wings I do safely abide
As I find peaceful rest in Thy care

Kate Plourde
July 20, 2006

3 Comments

  1. Amen!! Discouragment is a real thing in alot of Christians lives. And it’s really easy to get there if we’re not careful. We have to guard against it. Thank you for these posts on discouragment. They have been a help and a blessing.

  2. Kate, this was really good today. One thing I appreciate about the Psalms (more than any other book of the Bible) is that it contains every emotion we can deal with – all put there before God, and these Psalms all end on a higher note, a note of praise. We do not need to be afraid to pour out our hearts unto the Lord – He does understand! But He also does not want us to be overwhelmed by whatever is discouraging or oppressing us, whatever is bothering us – we can take all these burdens to Him and lay them there.

    Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

    Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

    Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

    Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

    Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

    Wow, I never quite realized how many verses in the Psalms deal with the heart!

    22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

    For those who are interested, Kate’s poem that she quoted can be read here: Under Thy Wings. It is a wonderful poem.

  3. Excellent thought Mrs Kate. I thank God that as long as we stay close to him that he will protect us and keep us warm. I also thank God for the example David gives us throughout the Scriptures. These posts have been tremendous.
    Bro Tim

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