I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust – — Ps 91:2 NET
It is supposed that this Psalm, like the preceding one, was composed by Moses, “the man of God,” and that each may be applied to the flight of Israel from Egypt. To “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” reminds us of the words of our Lord, when He said: “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not.” Bunyan says that the hen has four calls—the call when night is near; the call for food when she has found some dainty; the call of peril when the hawk is nigh; and the call of brooding love, when she wants to feel her nestlings under her wings. To-day God is calling to each of us, saying: Come My children, make the secret place of My presence, of My environment, of My constant keeping, your home; for he that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the wings of God. When night is nigh, when money and food is scarce, when the hawk is in the air ready to pounce on us, when loneliness or desolation oppresses, let us hear the brooding cry of God our Father, and nestle beneath His shadow.
God is prepared to keep us in all our ways. Many of us believe that somehow God will bring us out at last, but we have no expectation that He can keep us in blamelessness of soul; we expect to be brought to Heaven, but that we shall be battered, and beaten, and despoiled on the way. But surely our God can do better for us than that! He can keep us from yielding to passionate temper, jealousy, hatred, pride, and envy, as well as to the grosser forms of sin.
The promise is clear: “He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”—the business ways, the social ways, the ways of service into which God may lead us forth, the ways of sacrifice or suffering. Let us simply and humbly ask for the fulfilment of the promises in this Psalm. He will answer your prayers. He will be with you in trouble. He will satisfy you with many years of life, or with living much in a short time, and He will show you the wonders of His salvation.
Lord, be Thou within me, to strengthen me; without me, to keep me; above me, to protect me; beneath me, to uphold me; before me, to direct me; behind me, to keep me from straying; round about me, to defend me. Amen.
Our Daily Walk - March 14
Public domain content taken from Our Daily Walk by F.B. Meyer.