This spiky plastic pod looks positively alien! But in fact, it is a shelter, creating a modular farm. And it is built just for crickets and for raising them. These insects are harvested, dried and ground up for the production of flour. As disgusting as it sounds, they provide three times as much protein as steak! In areas that are impoverished, they can be another source to combat potential starvation. The spikes help capture the wind and provide ventilation. They can be used individually or stacked in sequence forming a line of shelters.
Today’s verse is a wonderful assurance for those who are under some serious verbal attack. God’s presence is a shelter from accusing tongues. He hides His own from the plots and conspiracies of men. David is often under physical attack from his enemies. But the damage inflicted this time is to his name and his reputation. To combat this kind of slanderous attack he turns to God to still those lying lips (verse 18). David ends the psalm testifying to the reader that all those who hope in the Lord can be strong and take heart (verse 24).
False accusations cause a very different kind of pain and it is often unexpected. It is an effective attack as even the accusation standing on its own can ruin a reputation. But God knows and He hates lying. He promises vindication and protection by His very presence. He stores up good things for those who trust Him to act. Not only that, He gives to us those good things, “in the sight of all,” validating us publicly.
Thank you Lord, that trust placed in You is well placed.