Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
My King James Bible says that David wrote this Psalm when he fled from Saul in the cave.
David had some real troubles in his lifetime. He needed refuge, strength, help, deliverance, forgiveness, and more. He wrote songs and poems about fear, war, bitterness, and usually ended them in gratefulness and acknowledgement of God.
David encourages me.
He prays for God to be merciful as he is being sought by King Saul. The King wants to kill David.
David tells God that he trusts Him, and will take refuge under the protection of the wings of God, until the situation passes.
Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
David was surrounded with real trouble, yet he knew the strength of the living God. He knew that he could rest under the shadow of His wings, and that His life was ultimately in God’s hands.
Oh God, You are so wonderful to protect us, to cover us, and to save Your people from so many calamities. Life is full of trouble, and we cannot escape that, yet we can take refuge in You, and find strength for each day. You forgive, heal, restore, and help us. How wonderful You are! Thank You! Amen.