Shelter in His Presence

I found today’s Psalm selection in Read Through the Bible particularly meaningful.  It fits perfectly with our Lenten theme of “Seeking His Face.”  See what you think.

Our God is eager to shelter and protect those who seek Him. And not just a little.  He “lavishes” his goodness on those who come to Him for protection (v. 19). In His presence we experience the wonders of His unfailing love (v. 21). In His presence we find the basis for strength and courage (v. 24).

Psalm 31:19-24

19 How great is the goodness
    you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
    blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
    safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
    far from accusing tongues.

21 Praise the Lord,
    for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
    He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
    “I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
    and answered my call for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
    For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
    but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
    all you who put your hope in the Lord!

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