“And I say, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6)
The psalmist finds himself in deep trouble from foes without and the wickedness of those around him. He is in deep despair and sees no real answer for the trouble he is experiencing except to run and hide. No matter how beautiful the prose of this verse is, the truth is that the psalmist wants to escape and hide.
Sometimes we let the world do that to us. We look around us, and all seems dark and evil. There appears no escape from the mess the world is in and the mess it’s made of our world. Maybe we’ve made the mess ourselves, and now we don’t know what to do. If we could just tap our heels and return to Kansas things would be alright. Sometimes we just close our eyes and pretend we can’t be seen because we don’t know what to do.
You have to read a few more verses to find out how the psalmist solved his need to fly away. In verse sixteen the psalmist states, “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me.” No need to borrow the wings of a dove. No need to fly awry. God offers rest right where we are because He saves us from the trouble that surrounds us.
Task for Today: Feeling trapped today? Wish you could dig a hole and crawl in and pull the top shut? You live in an evil world, and it is out to get you, no question. You will find yourself surrounded by dark and evil. What will you do? Why not do what the psalmist finally did? Call to God, and He will save you. That’s a promise made by God Himself. He’ll supply the wings, and the rest just call on Him.