[It’s my honour and privilege to share a guest entry on the blog for this entry in the Psalms series. My dear friend and sister in Christ, Afua Gyapomaa Bampoe, shares a compelling insight into this fascinating Psalm.]
When thieves steal from a house, they get harsher punishment than stealing on the street. This is because a dwelling place is meant to provide safety. Intruders are not expected or welcome to violate this safe space – the law frowns upon such acts.
As Christians, we have the sweet invitation to make the Lord our dwelling. The Psalmist clearly expresses this in such a comforting way. The enemy can touch your flesh, but not your spirit whilst you dwell in God’s secret place. And oh boy, how there will be great punishment for the enemy for even trying to touch you whilst enjoying the security of this sacred space.
Safety is an interesting experience. Is it found in absence of chaos? Or is it something we can experience right in the middle of chaos? It is way more than a physical experience – it’s also mental, emotional and spiritual.
Where do experience true safety? In a mansion behind closed doors? In the comfort of your meticulous planning? Do you experience safety in the normal rituals and routines you have set up as all that consists of your life?
Maybe it’s time we looked deeply at us and our community to see where we can find a place of trust, a place of true safety.
Afua Gyapomaa Bampoe