The Protection of the Most High
There is no greater protection than that safe place, under his wings – under his encompassing wings of TRUTH.
You who live in the shelter of ‘Elyon, who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai,
who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress! My God, in whom I trust!” —
he will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities;
he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his truth is a shield and protection. (CJB)
Years ago, God gave me a life-lesson of this Scripture and I have never forgotten it. He spoke through wildlife in Montana:
Today as I read from Psalm 91, I was reminded of an afternoon walk with six of our dogs when we came upon a mother turkey with her brood. It was easy to see that she had lovely yellow chicks walking under her wings just by the way that her wings were spread out and she was walking very slowly. Just a few seconds later, I noted one of the dogs catching a scent of the momma bird and she started barking and running towards them. I shouted out for her to stop but it was too late – she wanted to know what that was on her land.
All at once, about 25-30 baby chicks started scrambling out from underneath the protection of their mother’s wings. They were terribly frightened by the barking of the dogs. Clearly momma was terribly upset and she started crying out for her babies to return to the safety of her wings. It was too late, chaos was all about us with some chicks running wildly through the tall grass, others flying and trying to land on the lower branches of trees and dogs running all around barking and two people with absolutely no control over the circumstance who were yelling at the dogs to stop it.
I was so mad at that dog for doing that and especially for not listening to me – yet I know that was natural for her to do – to see what was going on up ahead on her land. My momma’s heart went out to this mother turkey – I knew she must have felt desperate and worried about what would happen to her baby chicks. I started praying that God would protect those babies from harm and that some way they would find their way back to the safety of their mother’s wings.
Under His Wings, like these babies, we are safe from the chaos of the world. When we decide to leave those boundaries, that is when life can turn into a hot mess.
Psalm 91:4 – “he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his truth is a shield and protection.”
Just 22 words but all the love and wisdom of the Lord flows from those precious words of promises from God. His faithful promises are my armor and my protection. But I must stay under those feathers – those wings in order to be safe and protected.
Dear Heavenly Father, what a faithful promise of love – to be under your wings of protection. Thank you Father that we have a safe place to go and be at rest in your arms. Father God, I pray for those who read this blog today will find the peace and joy in their lives that come only from You. I pray that each one can envision that picture of a mother hen and her brood of chicks walking safely up under the protection of her wings. I ask this in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.