Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Psalms 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Several years ago, I was on a family fishing trip, and my brother was there with me. While we were fishing, we noticed a mature bald eagle settle in a tree at the edge of the lake. We maneuvered into a position in the boat where we could get pictures, and then with a little noise we forced the majestic bird to fly out over the water as we snapped pictures.
During his ascent one of his tail feathers fell out and floated downward to the water. We drove over to it and picked it up. It was huge! I was impressed not only by its size but be its design. It was strong enough to not break, bend, or tear under the stress of strong winds while in flight, yet it was delicate enough to feel soft and comforting to the touch. It was completely waterproof and obviously ultraviolet safe because the colors showed no signs of fading.
A feather is a marvel of God’s creation. No wonder the Psalmist chose the feather as the symbol of God’s comfort and care for us. When the storms of life rise up against us, God has us covered with His feathers providing protection from the wind and the rain. When enemies mount an attack against us we find refuge under His wings. When we are tempted to cower in fear His faithfulness gives us confidence to stand strong because he is our shield and our rampart. (The word rampart means to be totally surrounded. God totally surrounds us with protection.) No matter what the circumstances of life, in Christ we are covered and confident.
One of the songs my mom used to sing when I was younger was an old hymn called “Under His Wings”. Let the words cover you with confidence today.
Under His wings, I am safely abiding;
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him I know He will keep me;
He has redeemed me and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort and there I am blessed.
Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide ‘til life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me;
Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
God is faithful! Nothing can separate us from His love. He is our refuge and our strength, and an ever-present help in time of need. Let Him cover you today with comfort so you serve Him with confidence.