“He Upholds Me”

He upholds

by Dona Hake

I picture in my mind David writing the Psalms in the quietness of the night while his eye was watchful over his flock of sheep.  I am sure that his days were long days some were more challenging than others.    Sheep have a way of getting themselves in trouble, and they can be helpless as well.  A good shepherd seeks to understand every aspect of the care of his sheep.

There are a handful of Psalms where David used the term “cast down.”   This is a term used for a sheep that has turned over on its back and cannot get up again by itself.  I want to make emphasis on *it cannot get up again by itself.   A “cast” sheep is a sad sight.  It lays on its back, and as its feet are in the air, it struggles frantically to get back up again.  Sometimes it will make little bleating cries for help and just lays there frustrated.  If the shepherd  does not arrive on time, the sheep will die. Since a sheep that is cast is in such a helpless state, it is also vulnerable to attack by predators.

I think this is such an excellent analogy of our condition at times, yet David would use this term within prayers such as “why are you “cast down” oh my soul…hope in God.”  I am sure we can all relate to times that we are down, feeling frustrated and helpless.

Psalm 37:24    Amplified Bible

“Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down,

for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.”

I encourage you that in those times of being down and feeling helpless that you would  look up for His hand.  It is there for you to grasp!  He will lift you up and put you on your feet again.  Our Lord is a good Shepherd!

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