IN GOD’S PRESENCE, WE EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE, HIS COMFORT AND HIS PROTECTION

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“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

God loves us with an everlasting love. He calls us to find refuge in the shadow of His wings. We can run to Him when the cares and concerns of this world seem to surround and overpower us.

What a perfect word picture to describe our Heavenly Father… He is our shield and rampart. Ramparts are defensive walls protecting castles and cities. There are wide walkways atop them for soldiers to traverse… keeping guard and watching for intruders. Our God shields us from the troubles of the world. He safeguards us… keeping watch over us… defending us from enemies.

“In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” Psalm 57:1

David looked to God throughout his life in times of trouble. King Saul sought to kill him repeatedly once he learned that David was the anointed future king. David’s son Absalom treacherously tried to take his life to become king himself. The many attempts on David’s life forced him to flee to places of shelter… caves, deserts… even foreign lands. Yet his ultimate trust and confidence was always in God to protect him.

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8

God is forever faithful… always there for us. When we turn to Him in times of trouble, He offers us the strength of His protection, the warmth of His presence, the comfort of His love. God tells us time and again in His Word to seek shelter under His wings. He is calling us to find our rest in Him.

“For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.” Psalm 63:7

David often begins his psalms crying out to God for help. As he prays, he remembers the many times God has saved him in the past. His prayers end affirming that God will forever be his protection. David finds confidence and strength in this understanding… and his spirit is filled with joy.

We can look to David to be our model. In our times of trial, we too can find comfort and protection in God’s holy presence. Seeing His faithful love and care for us in our lives gives us the courage and boldness to persevere.