“…therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.  My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand    upholds me.” (Psalm 63:7-8)

 There is such a depth of understanding in the life and words of David — no farce, no pretense, just honest and powerful testimony of one man and His God.  In these words this morning is the reality that life sometimes seems like a wilderness.  This rejoicing was no flippant, giggly surface pretense.  This was a deep well of mystical union with His God, found and fulfilled through his struggle.

Driven by a thirst and hunger to know God, David reveals that the journey is one of pressing on and into the very presence of Holiness.  Here in the sanctuary, he found that the deepest need known to man was met!  In the shadow cast by the wings of God, David learned to stay close and experience the intimacy of being held in the hand of God.  In God’s hand is the power of all creativity.

I have sat on the edge of the gorge of the valley of the shadow, I have heard the lonely, howling wind that never abates and like David entered the vortex to hear the voice of God.  In doing so, I have learned the journey is not found in other lands, but within your own heart and soul.  I have understood the words of our Lord. “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).

Further Reading:  Psalm 63; Matthew 13