Psalm 10 (Psalms on the Trail)

 

"But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you." Psalm 10:14

 

“But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,

that you may take it into your hands;

the helpless commit themselves to you.”

Psalm 10:14

Reflection:  It’s raining outside this morning.  Looking at this photo, I am reminded of thunderstorms I encountered while hiking, times when I felt helpless.  The only thing I could do was make the best decision possible given the situation.   Twice I tried to get downhill over rocks as quickly as possible without slipping or falling.  Three times I tried to set up the tent away from tall or dead trees and to climb in for the night before the storm hit.  Once I just kept walking.  But there is, in spite of precaution, a helpless feeling that draws me to this verse.   No matter how much I think I am in control, no matter how much I prepare, I still in the end must commit myself to the Lord—for all of life, not just while hiking in the wild.

Suggestions:

1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)  When have you felt panic and committed your next moments to God?

2. Or read all of Psalm 10 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm or to discover a different verse.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 11: 1

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at http://elainedent.net or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.