A Psalm for a Storm2
David knew what it felt like to be caught in a storm. He knew the emotions and anxieties that can come, even for a person with great faith. Faith and courage don't prevent us from experiencing fear and anxiety; instead, they help us to connect with God in the midst of our fear and move forward in the face of our anxiety.
Psalm 55 records an intense relationship conflict, a life-threatening one. As David expresses himself to the Lord, he uses imagery and shares insights that we felt might be helpful for us as we brace for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
Try reading these excerpts slowly and reflectively. Allow David's prayer to become your own today. And, if there's any way we can pray for you, click on the link below to share it with the community.
FROM PSALM 55
Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me.
My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.
As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
God, who is enthroned from of old,
who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.
Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
But as for me, I trust in you.