Recently I was browsing through an even older book and musing over some really ancient songs – in the book of Psalms. I’m sure we have all drawn comfort, hope, encouragement, strength and many other blessings from these ageless writings and possibly, like me, you have marvelled that the basic needs and desires of humanity have changed so little over the centuries. This time my heart quickened to, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 63:7) What a delightful, happy, secure picture this paints.
I have always loved Boaz’s blessing of Ruth, “[Yahweh] repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the [Elohim] of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” (Ruth 2:12, emphasis mine) As one who, like Ruth, is non-Jewish by birth that blessing has resonated in my spirit over the years and I have often imagined myself beneath those outstretched wings. Scripture speaks of us finding refuge in their shadow (Psalm 57:1) and the Amplified version says that there we can “…take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed.” Another image that fills me with peace and joy is the thought that, for those of us who respect and revere the name of Yahweh, “the Sun of righteousness [shall] arise with healing in his wings…” (Malachi 4:2, emphasis mine).
As you go on your way this week I pray you will be conscious of the refuge, comfort and protection of the outstretched wings of the Almighty over your life, and as you find Him to be your help, take time to sing a little in the shadow of those wings.
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
Psalm 61:4 KJV
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