A Shield Around Me

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To be a caregiver is a high and noble calling. But it also has more than its share of pain and conflict. And in those dark times, the psalms speak to the deepest places in us. They speak to us because, most of the time their words of comfort were born out of distressing situations. The psalms don’t dismiss conflict. They acknowledge it, and cry out for relief.

The great King David faced a family conflict. Absolom, the son he loved the most, turned traitor and gathered all the people against his father. (2 Samuel 17) You can almost feel the pain of David’s heart as he wrote: “O Lord, how many are my foes. Many are rising against me; many are saying to me, ‘There is no help for you in God’” (Psalm 3:1,2)

At your darkest moments and times of deepest conflict, let your heart hear David’s response: “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts us my head. I cry aloud to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy hill.” (verses 3,4)

Whatever this day may bring, let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and guide your decisions. Amen.

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