I was talking with my ever wise mother about our Psalms studies, and as always she gave me perspective. (She really is amazing if you've not met her, you should and will be blessed!)
She said, "Don't forget David did have real enemies. Other nations, in his own family. When he is talking about arrows and being saved from armies, it may be metaphor to us, but its real to him!"
I started thinking that maybe we should have read some more Old Testament before we read these. Hear more of David's story. Maybe some blogs going forward I'll tell some more of those stories and give some scripture references.
Regardless, when I started to write for today, those words were fresh on my brain.
As I read Psalm 71, verse 3 jumped out at me. "Be my rock of refuge, where I can always escape." I always wonder why we want to escape this world. When we could stay and make a change. When we could make things better, why do we sing longing for heaven. I have always wondered.
But then I thought of David. He needed to escape from enemies on Earth. He wasn't being metaphorical. How privileged am I to have no one chasing me? There is no one at home abusing me. I'm not a soldier. I don't have bill collectors calling every minute or sending me letters. I don't have a landlord trying to evict me. I might disagree with what is going on politically, but no one is "out to get me". There is no need for me to escape.
But I bet there are people who need it. So I started to pray. Deeply, heavily. For those who need to escape. That God can be their rock and refuge. That in the middle of their storms they will find safety! That they will let God be their strength and song! Praying that this Psalm can help those in need today, and that I can get out of my own head and love on them!
(I also loved all the "lets" in Psalm 72:15-17)