darkness is his covering

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“9 He parted the heavens and came down;   dark clouds were under his feet.10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;   he soared on the wings of the wind.11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—   the dark rain clouds of the sky.12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,   with hailstones and bolts of lightning.13 The LORD thundered from heaven;   the voice of the Most High resounded.  Psalm 18:9-13

If you are prone to believe in and listen for the voice of One who is the creator and sustainer of all things, sometimes it is just flat out hard to hear it.  Our preoccupations, our anxieties, our muchness, our manyness, our unbelief, our rebellion. . . we are a people who tend to stray.  And when the darkness comes, when it seems all hope has passed, when it feels as if the walls are closing, when light has left the room of your heart; you perceive that you are alone in that darkness.  Reading this Psalm today raises a new question for me:  What if darkness is his covering?  What if he is cloaked in that dusk?  What if that lonely place is actually the canopy of his  presence?  Often when we least expect it, often when we think all hope is gone, often when we come to the end of our rope . . . we find there is more.  Look to the clouds of your heart, your mind, your soul;  see if there is not a radiant light waiting to break through, see that you were never alone.  Listen for that voice in the thunder, for darkness is often his covering.peace,Marshall

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