Both passage we read today talk about lions.
In Psalm 57 David says in verse 4:
4 My soul is among lions;
I lie among the sons of men
Who are set on fire,
Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
David clearly here is describing his enemies, those out to destroy him. Our enemy Satan is depicted as a lion (1 Peter 5:8).
I’m reminded of one of his tactics from the Ezekiel reading for today. Speaking of a lion it says in chapter 19 verses 6&7:
6 …He learned to catch prey;
He devoured men.
7 He knew their desolate places….
It speaks of this lion knowing the desolate places of those he attacked and devouring them there. Satan knows our “desolate” places and wants to devour us there. He knows places in our life that are empty, deserted, bleak where we wrestle with shame because of what we may have done, or wrestle with shame if we don’t do certain things. He will focus on those areas of our life and past and throw things in our face to make us feel shame, or have us doing all sorts of things motivated by the avoidance of shame.
God wants to come into our “desolate” places. He wants to help us identify these areas of our life and bring His grace and redemption into them, so they are no longer places where Satan can devour us by his accusations causing shame or his use of shame as a motivation.
As well as Satan, God knows our desolate places and wants to heal them.