David begins with a rhythm and a tone, there’s a swing and a beat that awakens the spirit; “in you Lord I take refuge” – under the shadow of His wings in the best place to hide! It’s safe there, it’s a strong hold, a refuge, a secure place, a sanctuary.
David found his way by finding God, how many times do we see him calling out, reaching for Yahweh.
His ancestors would barely whisper the word ‘Yahweh’, for so sacred was its meaning that they didn’t want to risk pronouncing it wrong, in desperation David calls that name out of a reach for refuge proclaiming “He is my rock and my fortress and the lifter of my head, my deliverer.” Can you imagine David in a recline, at council – picture something between a king holding court and an old revival tent meeting, “I will be glad and rejoice in His love for He saw my affliction and He knew the anguish of my soul.” For those who can’t find God today, He is so close He catches your breath. David cries, “be merciful to me Lord for I am in distress.”
As I scribble these words I’m sitting amid a massive metropolis, trains and cars navigate gridlock, people are busy going somewhere and ironically, they are busy going nowhere. Many I’m sure pretend all is well, when in reality, their well has run dry. So great is the salvation we hold; to know that God is in control and He knows the things we fear. How we have the Father’s love!
Then David seemingly falters and quips, “I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become broken pottery.” Kintsugi is a Japanese art form where they take broken vases and mend them with pure gold, God restores precious art like no other.
Then catch verses 19-21; “how abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues: you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues. Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was under siege.”
And now the crescendo, the build and the reveal; “be strong and take heart: all you who hope in the Lord.”
The Lord is my Shepherd, the Lord is my Light and my salvation and He is my refuge.