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November 8, 2021 – Psalms 61-65

Consider the words David uses in these psalms to describe God: my rock, a fortress, a refuge, a strong tower, a tent in which he can dwell, the God who provides shelter beneath his wings, my salvation, my mighty rock, my help, the God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth, the giver of water, and the provider of grain.

Here’s the thing. David has experienced all these things. He personally knows about God’s goodness. He loves God’s Word and all the promises he finds there. He meditates on God’s Word and daily considers God and his goodness. When he prays “Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!” (61:4), he knows God will grant his request because that’s who God is and that’s what God has always done for David. How good it is to dwell in the tent of the Lord and to take refuge under his wings!

O sometimes how long seems the day,

And sometimes how weary my feet;

But toiling in life's dusty way,

The Rock's blessed shadow, how sweet!

O then to the Rock let me fly,

To the Rock that is higher than I;

O then to the Rock let me fly,

To the Rock that is higher than I! -- Erastus Johnson (1871)

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