Psalm 57, 61 (Under His Wings)

Psalm 57:1 I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 61:4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

In two of our readings this week, we are told about God’s wings, under which we can take refuge. In Psalm 57:1, we can take refuge in the “shadow of Your wings,” and in Psalm 61:4, we can take refuge in the “shelter of Your wings.”

I remember hearing a story of forest rangers, who were going through an area, after it had been ravaged by fire. One scene amazed them. They saw an eagle with outstretched wings.  The eagle was burnt, but from under her wings, they found chicks that were still alive.  They had taken shelter under her wings and had been protected through her sacrifice.  

In many ways, this is our story as well.  Under the shadow and shelter of God’s wings, we have been protected from sin, satan and death.  Christ sacrifices Himself for us, so that we may live. Christ continues to invite us to take refuge in the shadow and shelter of His wings.

In Psalm 57:1, David speaks to himself to take refuge under His wings, until “the disaster has passed.”  This disaster due to the virus, as difficult as it is, will one day pass.  But until then, you can take cover under His wings and receive the protection and provision you need to endure this disaster. 

In Psalm 61:4, David speaks about how much he longs to be in God’s presence and take cover under His wings.  The reality is that though we CAN take shelter under His wings, some will NOT come under His protection and still try to handle this or any disaster on our own.

In Luke 13, while looking over Jerusalem, Jesus weeps over the unwillingness of the Israelites to take cover under His wings.  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

God extends His wings, His arms and invites you to take shelter and refuge under it.  Will you today come under the shadow and shelter of His wings and find refuge and strength?  I pray you will.

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