With his feathers he will cover you, under his wings you will find safety. His truth is your shield and armor. (Psalms 91:4 ISV)
Some of you out there are hurting. You’ve got that deep, inconsolable, gut tearing pain. You’re wondering if the pain will ever go away. You are desperate for answers.
See what the Lord says.
He says: “My word is truth”. From Genesis to Revelation, every book of the Bible holds a promise. It is the promise of Messiah, the One Who delivered mankind from the penalty of sin and will one day deliver those of us who follow Him from all our sorrows. This is the Good News and it is the Truth that sets us free! We don’t think about it much but there are some things God can’t do, one being God cannot lie. Paul writes “For all the promises of God in Him (Christ) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us: (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV). If He says it, you can believe it, it is truth.
He says “I’ve got you covered”. He spreads His wings and makes a place for you to hide. In the night, in the storm, in the deepest darkest place, He is there with you. I’m reminded here of Jesus’ words, “…How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing”! (Luke 13:34). What a beautiful picture of Jesus’ protective love. He is waiting. You’ve been given the ultimate invitation, please don’t ignore or reject it.
He says: “I will protect you”. The enemy may surround you but under His wings, you are safe. Christ is a strong tower, a mighty fortress, a wall that cannot be breached. Our Lord is always standing guard. He never sleeps nor even slumbers. His eyes are ever upon His children and there is nothing that can come against you that escapes His careful watch or that is beyond His control.
He doesn’t say: there won’t be troubles. This is the part where many of us get tripped up. We’ve been deceived into believing that being a Christian means we will live a happy-go-lucky life, that we’re just going to march into glory without a single care along the way. That my dear sisters is Satan’s lie, one he uses to disarm us, to throw us off our feet when the struggles come. To the contrary, Jesus prepares us with the warning – “In the world you will have trouble“. But look, with the warning, He gives us a promise: “I have told you this so that through me you may have peace” and an encouragement “but be courageous–I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33).
An Aside – I know that to some of you this may sound like a lot of religious platitudes and that’s the last thing you want right now. But let me ask you, what else have you got? Where else are you going to go? You’ve tried everything you could try but you’re still hurting. I can tell you, there is no person or no thing in this world that is going to take your pain away. I know it, and you know it.
In the end, when all your efforts have failed, listen to the counsel of the Psalmist. Go to Jesus and let Him hide you in the shelter of His wings.