Reading through the Bible together
I find it easy to be loved by God when all is well in my world. When things start going wrong, I start questioning whether God is really with me. I worry that I didn’t do something right or that I misunderstood what God was calling me to do as my professional or employment goals fall apart around me. Or maybe I am just sad that the people I respect or love or wish would be my friends are not responding to me the way that I would like.
In any case, this Psalm is full of some of the most touching reminders of God’s care. The phrases “keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings”, the promise that “when I awake, I will be satisfied by seeing Your face”—these expressions are placed side-by-side with the despair of the Psalmist.
I am so glad, when I experience the depression and worry of this life, to hold on to those phrases, those descriptions of how much God loves me. I am thankful for the psalmist, who understood what it means to have faith in the protection of God, while acknowledging the very real fear and pain in his life.
Lisa Clark Diller
Chair, Dept. of History and Political Studies
Southern Adventist University