October 13

Psalm 91:9-13

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” vss. 11-12

Many people love the song, “On Eagle’s Wings,” the one based on Psalm 91. It could be the tune, the phrasing and the notes are beautiful, but the words have a power all their own. We like to imagine being lifted up from the cares and concerns of life and being carried away to a safe place, and we don’t much care whether it’s by the hands of angels or the wings of eagles. What’s interesting though is that the song speaks most clearly to us in the wake of death or disaster! Most often we haven’t been protected at all! And that’s generally how life is. Ugly and bad stuff happens, and most of us lack immunity. But still we love this psalm, probably because it helps to lift us from feelings of darkness and despair. It is so good to know that in God, we can count on being lifted up when danger lurks, and it’s a protection that goes far beyond episodic miraculous rescue. Our Lord does take care of us, and angels stand at ready, in our neighborhoods and communities, to take us by the hand and walk with us through tumultuous times. It’s all a part of God’s love for the entire creation.

Thought for the Day: When have I been lifted up?

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