“They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”
A few years ago I was part of an outreach in a remote area of northern Ghana. One afternoon a few of us went for a walk along a path that led us to the small river that skirted the village. As we weaved out way through the bush we were suddenly confronted with an odd buzzing sound. At first it was difficult to discern exactly where it was coming from, that is until we made our way past a large tree and the obscure noise suddenly made sense. We had inadvertently walked right beside a large bee hive and we could now see what was making all that racket. We immediately turned and began to run as fast as our legs would take us. As we ran a friend reminded us of the B-budget movie from the 70’s called The Swarm about killer African bees that attacked unsuspecting people. All we could think of was to run for a body of water to dive into and escape.
Fortunately we escaped unharmed and were able to laugh about our close encounter with the dangers of wild Africa, but apparently the psalmist had some bee experiences of his own that he reflected upon when times got tough. He speaks of his trials surrounding him like a swarm of bees. It does not take personal experience to discover that this would create chaos, confusion and fatigue. While we may not all have been chased by bees we can all speak of times when difficulties mounted up against us and made life almost unbearable and all we could think of was how to escape. In times like those it is important to remember that the mercy of God endures forever and he wants to come to our aid and to provide us with comfort for the difficulty and ultimately deliverance from our struggles.
If life is like a swarm of bees turning your world upside down, remember that there is a secret place of the most high where you can hide and find comfort, protection and deliverance.
Questions for Psalm 118
- “His mercy endures forever” what does this mean to you?
- Read verses 8-9, is it better? How are you going to put faith to these words today?
- As you read you the entire psalm you understand that the writer is speaking of Jesus. Over 1000 years before the birth of Jesus.