I’ve shared with some recently the lovely double protection that the Lord provides us, as described in the opening verses of Psalm 91. In verse 2 the psalmist says that the Lord is his refuge and fortress, and the picture is one of strong walls and towers, a real place of safety. A similar thought is given in Proverbs 18v10: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe”.
In verse 4, however, the psalmist writes “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge”. The picture changes, therefore, to one of intimacy and relationship, warmth and love. This imagery also speaks of the mother bird (the Lord) bearing the brunt of any attack (indeed, even death itself), as well as the heat / cold of the day, so that the chicks (us) can hide safely and comfortably under her wings. You may remember Jesus’ sorrow for Jerusalem when He said “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Luke 13v34).
May we all, each day, find real refuge within the strong walls and under the soft wings of our wonderful God!
Peace and Grace
PS – Frances, Marcelle and I enjoyed our visits last week to Keble Court and Gracewell and believe there may be real opportunities opening up to us to share God’s love with their residents – watch this space!