Thrive in Five: Psalm 61:1-4

This is the strangest summer.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. While we’re usually at the zoo, exploring local farmers markets, traveling to stay with friends, enjoying our time at the community pool … this summer we’re at home.  We’ve tried to keep busy but my 9 year old is climbing the walls and to be honest, I am too. I spend a lot of time feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Tensions are running high. And I know I don’t hide it from him well. Several weeks ago, I helped him build a giant blanket fort that takes up his entire bedroom. I wasn’t sure how long I would let it stay up – but I thought it would be fun for a time. He has “camped” in it every night. And during the day, he often retreats to it, to read or draw, or just relax. He’s been curled up there even more often this week, as we are struggling to manage his chronic medical condition. Every time I think about taking it down, I just can’t bring myself to. It’s his refuge. His peaceful place. He needs that right now. Don’t we all?

I haven’t built a blanket fort for myself, although it’s tempting. The world feels pretty crazy right now and I could really use a place to retreat to. A place to find peace. But as David reminds me in this week’s scripture, I do have a place to run for comfort.  A high rock during the flood. A shelter in the storm. In the first few verses of Psalm 61, he reminds us that God is our refuge. He is our blanket fort. The place we can retreat to when life gets to be too much.

If you feel overwhelmed this week and find yourself needing a place to rest, remember that God is always there to shelter you under His wings. You can find refuge in Him.

Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab your journal or download our worksheet. Let’s dive into God’s Word.

Psalm 61:1-4 ESV

Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.

 Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!

Monday: Read Psalm 61:1-4. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 61:1-4 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 61:1-4 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?

Thursday: Read Psalm 61:1-4 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?

Friday: Read Psalm 61:1-4 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?

We look forward to hearing how God uses Psalm 61:1-4 to transform your heart and renew your mind as you lean into His perfect and pleasing will for your life. (Romans 12:2)

Love fiercely and live deeply, Bare Feet & Curls

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