Wow. With all that is happening in this world, this Psalm hit me as incredibly powerful tonight (yes, tonight, sorry I'm late!)
I think most everybody, no matter where they are in life (literally in every sense of the phrase, like where they live, what station in culture they take, what age they are), can relate to verses 1 and 2. I know I've done my fair share of pleading with God to hear me. There have been times when He has felt so distant that all I can do is cry out that He will really hear me.
The amazing thing is, He always does. I've never once cried out to God for peace and not received it in one form or another.
Verses 4-6 and 9-10 speak of evil doers, almost as if the Psalmist is reassuring himself of what he already knows - that God delights in the righteous and despises the wicked.
But what really hit me was verse 11 and 12
What has happened and continues to happen in Iraq is appalling on many levels. I find it hard to think that the persecuted families are rejoicing right now, or singing for joy. But they can. They can rejoice through the darkness that the God of all sees them, loves them, covers them. That no matter what is happening in the world, God cares for them, and protects them, though maybe not in ways that we see or understand.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Psalm 6