3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Shelter of His Wings
If you were to evaluate your Christian experience, to what would you attribute your success or lack of success? Are there certain activities or attitudes which specifically correlate to the state of your walk with the Lord? In truth, our success or lack of success as a Christian does not depend upon us! If it did, we would all be dismal failures.
In saying that, however, we must not think that we are not responsible to put forth an effort to live faithfully for God. The lesson is that, when all is said and done, we will always agree that our hope always rests upon God and not upon ourselves. When our hearts are attuned to Christ, He leads us in the paths of righteousness; when our eyes are fixed upon the Lord, even in seemingly hopeless times, God proves to be faithful again and again.
The psalmists seemed to have an uncanny sense of this truth, finding God to be not only the source of their strength, but also a shelter in times of trouble. As a matter of fact, the idea of God being a shelter, specifically the thought of us hiding under the shelter or the shadow of His wings is mentioned several times in the Psalms.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (Psalm 17:8, King James Version)
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. (Psalm 36:7, King James Version)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (Psalm 57:1, King James Version)
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. (Psalm 63:7, King James Version)
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4, King James Version)
Just as God was a shelter in the time of David, so is He still our shelter today in the 21st century. God covers us with His love, He equips us with armor to face the battles of life, and provides us shelter under His wings so that we are not overcome by the often overwhelming difficulties of life.
This is the amazing God we serve. He loves us, He keeps us, and He will bring us safely into His kingdom where we will live with Him forever!
God Bless You,