They are not uncommon metaphors in the Psalms, but one after the other they offer a wonderful barrage of imagery portraying the security, shelter, help and support that God's people can find in their God. This was the shelter that Jesus availed himself of, first and foremost, and by extension is available to all who are in Christ.
Having come to the end of the Easter weekend, and having delivered many sermons / talks / meditations during the course of that weekend, it is refreshing to read Peter Leithart's Easter Homily for this year, and be fed and encouraged from the Scriptures for myself.
"Why do you seek the living among the dead?", the angel said to the first witnesses. It's a funny place to look - and yet, in many ways, it's where we often look too. Have a read.
It's Good Friday the day after tomorrow.
If, like me, you enjoy finding snippets to read to help you reflect on the events of Good Friday, may I recommend you take a visit to Steve Jeffery's blog, and read his post entitled The Deliverance of the Cross, where he reflects on Psalm 22, and why Jesus appropriates it in the way he does.
Are you trying to find out which Church of England Parish you live in? Simply visit the link below and put your postcode into the search tool. Note, they've changed their website. You now have to wait after entering your postcode, and select one of the autocomplete entries served by Google maps; only then can you click the arrow button to begin your search.