Deep: A reflection on Psalm 64

Jennifer Upton is a blogger friend I have had the privilege of meeting in real life. The first time we saw each other, she hugged me. I bet she would do that to you, too. Her heart loves long and hard and deep for the people around her. She has been a consistent member of our little Psalms Journey community, and I am excited to host her words on my site today.


 

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I am feeling safe today.

 

But the last few weeks I have felt in danger of being captured by the state of circumstances encircling me. I have felt surrounded on all sides by the truth of others causing me to face new truths of my own. The lines of victims and those who victimize becoming blurred in the excavation.

 

Psalm 64:6 reads "the inward mind and heart of a man are deep." To me, this says that thoughts and hearts are so deep with evil, they cannot be understood. So today, I will sow my soul upon the grounds of David's lyrical penning and build an altar among its thorny blooms as I bow my head in response.

 

Has anyone ever sang their truth to you

not some lovely melody to one day recall and hum along your path

but a melody that sings to the tune of "I am trusting you to respond."

God knew the truth of this child

he now needed us to know

for her to sing of

dark cellar laden hearts who whispered at her departure "make sure no one talks about this."

A haunt hymn birthed within unsettled wilderness

dark shadows

obstructed rays

a wild that does not lie.

This child

her voice

also did not lie.

Her feet tapped

her skin reddened

fear gripped and tears burst aloud.

A life revealed

a birth of brave

her depth my living room held.

This child’s truth was deep

it covered us

stealing our breath

submerged we became.

Her brokenness we swallowed whole

its sting felt in the back of our throats

the sting of a thousand truths.

When you put your faith in Jesus

your place of living becomes filled

filled by the open spaces and sinking waters of another person’s deep.

The revelation of a life becomes your own beach song

your own wilderness hymn

air moves

your throat clears

and you sing in response

their song back to them.


Jennifer Upton headshotAbout Today’s Guest Blogger: Jennifer Upton

Many say I travel too deep, but I say one can never travel deep enough. Lover of all things turquoise & iced soy lattes. Covenant love to Tony, momma to Austin. The desire to write stories lived won’t remove its grip from me. Without understanding the purpose I keep going. I keep trusting. I blog at Spiritual Glasses and tweet at @SpiritlGlasses.


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