“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:7,8
This beautiful verse can teach us a lot about how to live our whole lives. Sometimes everything gets so muddled up and we need to get back to the basics that God is our help. He has done it all for us by his son Jesus Christ. What are the implications of this in your life?
The first part of the verse describes your state of mind. As Christians, we have every right to feel like this all the time. No matter what the circumstances are, God is our help and we sing in the shadow of his wings. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death or have no idea what the future will bring, we can rejoice in the Lord, knowing ourselves to be under His protection. The last battle has been won and you have been freed from the horror of judgement according to your sins. Is your state of mind a witness to this?
The second part describes the mutual nature of our relationship with God. The verb ‘clings’ makes it very graphic. It makes me think of a baby lemur, holding tight onto its mother as she swings from tree to tree. The baby would have to hold on very tight indeed not to fall down. In the same way we cling to God, not because He’s so busy swinging from battle to battle that He has no time to worry about holding on to us, but because we know He is our help and salvation. We cling to Him even tighter than the baby lemur clings to its mother; it’s our very deepest inner being that clings to Him, not just our arms. It is His right hand that upholds us and we need nothing else. If we have Him and nothing else, we would still have everything.
If your sight is clouded with confusion or pain or indifference, pray with the psalmist: “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” and be still in the presence of the Lord.