Issue #643 ~ December 21, 2020

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In the Shadow of Your Wings
"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

Psalm 57 is the Cave Psalm. David is in Engedi hiding from Saul. We see the record of it in 1 Samuel 24:1: "After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, 'David is in the Desert of En Gedi'" (NIV).

Warren Wiersbe says: "This psalm and Psalm 142 are 'cave' psalms that can give you great encouragement. Your own 'cave' may be a sickroom, a difficult place of ministry, or even a home where there is tension or trouble. If you do what David did, you will experience peace and victory even in the cave."

Verse 1: "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 56:1: "Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press under attack" (NIV).

The repetition of this first request, "Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me," helps us understand the intensity of the situation David finds himself in at this time.

Having called upon the Lord for mercy, the Psalmist states the reason in the remainder of verse 1: "for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed."

It is "in you" and "in the shadow of your wings" where "I will take refuge."

Psalm 17:8: "Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings" (NIV).

Psalm 36:7: "How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings" (NIV).

Psalm 63:7: "Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings" (NIV).

Psalm 91:4: "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart" (NIV).

Let's meditate upon a few verses as we conclude our time in verse 1.

Ruth 2:12: "May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge" (NIV).

Matthew 23:37: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling" (NASB).

Colossians 3:3: "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (NASB).

Isaiah 32:2: "Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land" (NIV).

"For in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings." Following this statement he says: "until the disaster has passed" - that is, the storms of destruction.

I will stay in the storm shelter until the tornadoes of trouble have passed by!

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: And the Lord said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Exodus 33:19 (NIV)

2.  Pray: Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 2 Chronicles 6:19 (NIV)

3.  Praise: order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18 (NASB)

4.  Praise: For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 (NASB)

5.  Praise: "Our appreciation knows no bounds for the feelings we have toward God and toward you for His and your continued care for us. Our hearts are full of praise," - Don Anderson, December 1996
As we worship and praise the Lord, let's take time to sing "Beneath the Cross of Jesus":
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat, And the burden of the day.

I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame, My glory all the cross.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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