There is a comforting promise found in Psalm 91:1-4. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
The individual must make the specific choice to “dwell in the secret place of the most High.” He chooses to trust in God. When he makes the choice to stay (“dwell”, “abide”) close to God, God responds by pulling the individual under His wings. A brief stroll through the Psalms reveals that God offers some wonderful solutions when a believer is “under His wings.”
Under His wings, there is protection.
Psalm 17:8,9 says, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, from the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.”
The phrase, “apple of the eye,” is described in various places as something or someone of high value. It is something that is jealously guarded. The phrase literally means “the daughter of the eye.” Any father would jump in a heartbeat to protect his daughter. God offers that same jealous protection for those in the shadow of His wings.
Under His wings, there is provision.
Psalm 36:7,8 says, “How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the rivers of thy pleasures.”
It is also a wise decision to abide under the shadow of His wings because of His “excellent loving kindness.” Those who remain there will not only be satisfied, but they will be “abundantly satisfied.” What an uplifting promise!
Under His wings, there is peace.
Psalm 57:1,2 says, “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. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”
Whatever storms are pounding the life of a believer, God offers a place of peace until the calamities are past. This individual can be at rest in the tempest knowing that God “perfometh all things” for him.
Whatever you are facing, you can find all that you need under the wings of the Almighty.
The Rev. Timothy Benefield is pastor of Golden Valley Baptist Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.