Shelter is a comforting word. Here, in North America, most of us are used to it. It keeps us dry and warm. We feel safe in our shelter (or home) that is made of wood or brick. But God's word reminds us that there is a better shelter. For those in Christ, have a shelter that is superior to anything man can build and I take comfort in this.
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.
I love the way this verse reminds us that we do not have to be successful to be sheltered.
Even the oppressed (enslaved, crushed, mistreated, misused and underprivileged) are promised protection in times of trouble. If you haven't experienced great troubles, maybe you fear the ones in the distant or near future. When we look hard at our political leaders, the fiscal future and world-wide injustice, it is easy to quake.
But trust and searching God will always lead to shelter. No worries of abandonment.
I love to find God in nature and simple things. This birdhouse reminds of "shelter." I watch our birdies fly in and out through the course of a year. Even they are provided for.
No need to be. For,
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
Trust and seek. I need a reminder of this often. Yep, often.