How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humaity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight. Psalm 36:7-8
Four times the phrase “shadow of your wings” appears in Psalms (Psalms 17:8, 36:7, 57:1, 63:7). Each time, the verse is worded slightly different, but the context is the same. God is my refuge. He is my protector, my shield and my support. He cares for me like a bird protects and cares for her chicks. I just have to, by faith believing, humble myself and place myself in His care and wait for Him to act.
Since I believe that the word of God is true and that God is perfect, then I must also believe that He loves me, cares for me, and protects me. Jesus spoke on this very issue when He spoke about the lilies of the field.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34 (emphasis added)
God cares about all His creation. He carse about you, about me, about the birds and the wildflowers about the small and insignificant matters in our lives. He doesn’t like sin and evil. He doesn’t desire for us to be hurt, abused, angry or anything that takes us away from glorifying Him. But, since He has been here in the flesh through Jesus Christ, He knows what we suffer. Jesus was abused, physically, mentally and emotionally, just like we are from day to day, from person to person, from relationship to relationship, whatever your situation may be. Jesus has been there, He knows. It is hard to believe that Jesus understands because we can’t have direct communication with Him. It is even hard to believe someone else understands when we do have direct communication with them. But, believe we must. That is where our faith becomes such a key issue.
I have noticed that it is hard for people, men in particular, to have faith, or at least, they struggle with relying on faith, when they have been blessed with great intelligence. I could write so much about my opinion on this, but I don’t want to get into that topic just now. My point today is that, just by believing, God will surely be with you and protect you. Since we believe that the Word of God is true, we must believe that we are more important to God than the birds in the air and the lilies of the field. And since we believe that, we also know that we shouldn’t worry, because that is a sign that we aren’t relying on faith. We may not understand all of God’s ways, but we don’t need to understand if we just believe that God is our protector, our shield and the lover of our souls. Place yourself in the shadow of His wings and rely on faith that He will fulfil His promises.
Yesterday, I used Psalm 57 as part of my post. Today I want to emphasize a different part of that Psalm. “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneatht he shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past. I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.” Psalm 57:1-2 (emphasis added) We don’t know His purpose for our lives, but we know that He desires to have us in heaven with Him and whatever path that He leads us down will get us there. Just believe and allow God to work in your life.
Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
now and always. Psalm 131 (emphasis added)
May God provide the increase!