You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches;
it sent out its branches to the sea,
and its shoots to the River. (Psalm 80:8–11)
This psalm predates the famous parable of the mustard seed in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a tiny seed. That tiny seed grows into the largest of bushes in which birds of every color, shape, and size find their home. Perhaps this psalm inspired Jesus in some way: this vine shades the mountains, this vine towers over the cedars, this vine extends its reach from river to sea, and in so doing, this vine, this people that God has planted, becomes a place of refuge and solace for everyone and everything. – rc