Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:5 “When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place.”
It feels as if the walls are closing in. I love my house but lately, it has been feeling smaller and smaller. With stay-at-home expectations and social distancing, there is a deep longing for not only connection but for wide open places and big sky. This must be a little bit like what the claustrophobic feels.
In today’s verse it was not so much walls closing in but enemies. This psalm is full of praise for deliverance as God has proven Himself faithful yet again. Enemies have been vanquished and the people are celebrating! The king had cried out in distress because of the enemies’ attacks and the Lord answered and put him in a wide open place. No longer does he feel surrounded and closed in by the enemy (verse 10-11). The Lord becomes his strength, his song and his salvation (verse 14).
I may not have the distress of enemies attacking, but I do feel surrounded on all sides by different pressures. There is fear of the unknown. The distress of finances, health issues, coming changes or family issues can all feel like walls closing in on me. If I allow my imagination to join in I can easily slip into a state of panic! The only and best thing to do is to cry out to the Lord. He is there to be my strength, my song and my salvation. In His lovingkindness, He pushes back the walls. He leads me to wide open places where there are green pastures and quiet waters. (Psalm 23:2) I no longer feel confined when he restores my soul!
Lord, help me to stay in that wide open place of trusting You.
April 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm
Hi, Jan, This is a poignant picture to illustrate your point of feeling closed in…
I think we are ALL ready to get released from our respective prisons.
In prayer with you. 🙂 Monica
April 28, 2020 at 3:14 pm
Thanks, Monica. I certainly have more empathy now for our elderly “shut-ins!” Pray you and yours are hanging in there! XO Jan