High Above

This morning a colleague at other university sent me a psalm to focus on this semester. She suggested Psalm 27, and I enjoyed a particularly beautiful image as I read it. David writes this about God:

For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

I don’t know what “trouble” is coming to you or to me, but I prepare my heart by thinking of myself sitting high up above any difficulty or conflict and watching from there where I’m safely hidden. People often ask others to “rise above” insult or controversy, and here, we see David picturing himself as “above” the trouble. I love that image. Let’s stay high upon the Rock.

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