Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But may all who take shelter in you be happy! May they continually shout for joy! Shelter them so that those who are loyal to you may rejoice! Psalm 5.11
This psalm was written by David who was once king of Israel. One of the meanings of to “take shelter” is to go somewhere for cover or protection from danger or bad weather. The life of David was turbulent many times, but almost without exception, we can read of his trust in God to see him through the difficult times.
This verse is full of positive thoughts. We can be happy when we take shelter in the Lord. This does not mean that bad things will not happen. Even David experienced many bad things in his life. But in the midst of the trial, our soul is protected and secure. It brings a joy to our lives that is continuous. David asks that God shelter those who are loyal to him so that they may rejoice. God is our protection. It is a protection that brings joy to the heart!