A Season of Psalms - Psalm 5:11-12
“But let all who take refuge in your rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Come out with your hands up! We have you surrounded!” This was a frequent line in old police shows. There was no escape route for the perpetrator of the crime, and rather than storm the building forcefully, the police offered a peaceful resolution to the situation. Sometimes the criminal surrendered, other times he chose the hard way. In either case, he was completely surrounded so there was no possible means of eluding law enforcement.
The same is true of God’s love for His children. “Come to me with your hands out! I have you surrounded!” is what God says to those who seek refuge in Him. God’s love surrounds us, and we don’t want to leave it. Our refuge, our security, is in Him. As long as we are under the shelter of the Most High God, we are safe and our enemies can’t reach us.
David’s enemies sought to do him harm by spreading lies. He says in verse 9, “There is no truth in their mouth.” Rather than defend himself against the lies and taunts of his enemies, David ran to God and fell into His arms, allowing God to “cover him with favor as with a shield.” The Lord surrounds those who are faithful to Him, to those who love Him and call on His name. Call on Him today, and let Him cover you with His love. There’s no better place to be!
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 7:9; Zephaniah 3:14-20
Pray with me today:
“How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure.” Father, we are more sinful than we know, but more loved than we can possibly imagine. We revel in Your love for us; may we bask in the warmth of Your love. Thank you for loving us so much that You willingly gave us Your Son. In His precious name, we pray: Amen.