This evening, I was laying on my bed listening to the recorded music of my wife who is “at home” in Heaven; she has been there almost four and a half years. I had been reading from the Bible that I gave her many years ago.
She had underlined many verses of Scripture that had been meaningful to her. As I read from the 91st Psalm, I also heard the song: “Under His wings I am safely abiding”.
Naturally, I was moved emotionally, because I knew that it was another of her favorites, and while every verse gave personal approval, the fourth one was special in her thinking: “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
If you have watched a mother hen guard her little ones, you realize how protective she can be. Someone shared the story of finding a hen burned to death, but the little ones under her were safe. Another said: “Feathers are His tender mercies”.
Understanding the opening of that Psalm makes us aware of the protective hand of God as we travel through this life. If my dependence is on the Lord, I can rest in the knowledge that I am safe. He is my “refuge and my fortress”. He delivers me from the “snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.”
There are further promises regarding my relationship to the Lord! “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.”
There is little as satisfying as the realization that “under His wings I am safely abiding”, except that right from the beginning of this Psalm there is that little thought: “will abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. If there is a shadow it is because He, God, is so close that He is casting a shadow. His presence is my portion.