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The Shadow of His Wings

“for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:7-8, ESV). With evocative imagery, David describes the wonderful security and support of trusting in the Lord. His reliance on God brings an inner satisfaction (v.5), and a sense of supreme safety, as of a little bird sheltering beneath the wings of its parent (v.7). The further image of the “right hand” emphasizes God’s strength exercised on behalf of His servant (v.8).

Rest in God’s mighty strength. The images in these verses should impress upon us God’s compassion for His people, and the security we can know in reliance upon Him. The world’s rage is nothing compared to the right hand of the Lord; what can harm those who take refuge in the shadow of His wings?

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