While visiting Palm Springs, CA. last weekend for a conference (Resolved), my family and I encountered severe temperatures well into the 100’s. My 13 month old son wanted to exercise his limited walking skills one afternoon, so as we made our way from the hotel lobby to our room, he was firmly gripping my fingers with his tiny, chubby hands to achieve some sense of balance. As we proceeded across the outdoor courtyard I found myself trying to find a position that would allow my shadow to fall on him as he walked in the direction toward our room, in an effort to provide him shelter from the scorching sun. It was then that the following Psalm popped into my head:
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
I couldn’t help but to wonder if this is the same tenderness and concern that our heavenly Father shows toward us when walking with us through life. What a gracious and compassionate God we serve!