Psalm 31:1-5 NRSV
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
There is a net that is hidden
It lies in the shadows
Blends into the background
It waits patiently
It is just for me
It knows my weakness
Grabbing my attention
Snaring me in misinformation
Entangling me in self-sufficiency
Wrapping me like a fly in a web
Sticky and shrouded in doubt and despair
Deliver me, my Refuge
Hear my cry, my Rock
My Righteous Redeemer
Through the power of your Son and Spirit
Liberate me from this entombing trap
Free me to your will and way
I seek You
Into Your hand, I commit my spirit
When I first read this Psalm, I imagined a fishing net hidden in murky water. The feelings of entrapment and terror took me to the scene from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King when Frodo loses his way in the shadowy cave and is captured by the spider’s deadly web.
In the midst of his greatest need, Frodo is both swaddled like a baby (birth) and wrapped like a mummy (death). Sam, his faithful companion, later delivers him, for he was not himself and could not save himself. How like the deliverance of our faithful God, who companions us and champions us. Consider Lazarus bound for death but called forth from the tomb by Jesus, the victorious resurrection of Jesus himself, and the promise of new life for all who believe. (Romans 6:3-4) – Lisa <><
Prayer: The Hidden Net © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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