Oh That I Had Wings Like A Dove!

One thing I like about King David — he seems to say out loud what everyone else simply thinks.

This verse in Psalms 55 is one example of King David’s boldness:

Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. (Psalms 55:6)

Is this a bold statement? Yes, it is a bold cry for escape!adove flying

King David wished he could escape from something. He wanted to escape from ‘the windy storm and tempest,’ to escape from the ‘violence and strife,’ and from the ‘deceit and guile’ that he saw all around him (Psalms 55:9-11). Any reasonable person would desire to escape such things as David describes.

Escaping turmoil, violence, and wickedness remains a passionate desire of all those who long to walk in the true and righteous pathway of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].

Psalms 55 tells it like it is! King David sees all around him the wickedness of his day, and he wants no part of it! He boldly declares his desire for wings to escape, and flee into the quiet solitude of the wilderness.

King David is not alone in this desire.

The prophet Jeremiah wanted to flee the wickedness of his day (Jeremiah 9:2). The prophet Micah groaned over the wicked people of his day (Micah 7:1-4). Righteous Lot was vexed with the filthy, wicked behavior of his day (2Peter 2:7). Many of the prophets probably had moments of wishing for escape from the distressing evil of their day.

Truth is Fallen

When wickedness overtakes the land, it is as the prophet Isaiah declared:

And judgment [the doing of Yah’s ordinances] is turned away backward, and justice [righteous action] stands afar off: for Truth is fallen in the street, and equity [uprightness] cannot enter. Yea, Truth faileth [is lacking]; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey: and Yahuwah [the LORD] saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment (Isaiah 59:14-15).

What is the evidence that truth is fallen?

When truth is fallen, people have ceased from walking in the Truth of Yahuwah’s Word. When truth fails, people begin to walk in opposition to Yahuwah’s Word.

When people cease from walking in truth, then righteousness, tranquillity, and safety begin to crumble. When people cease from walking in truth, many things become perverted, and are out of order.

When truth falls, multitudes begin to walk foolishly, having no shame, doing whatever is right in their own eyes! (Proverbs 12:15; Zephaniah 3:5; Judges 17:6)

When truth falls, leaders distort and reject the Words of Yahuwah. When truth falls, many begin to have no respect for, nor fear of, the living God.

And, when truth falls, those who desire to walk uprightly, and live according to God’s righteous standards, they become the focus of attacks, mockings, and persecutions.

So it is perfectly normal, when Yahuwah’s people are burdened beyond strength, to wish for wings to fly away and escape the perversity, the deception, and the wickedness all around them. Sadly, King David’s desire to ‘fly away’ will never be outdated.

Yes, there are troubles and trials in all ages. Afflictions in this life are so constant that we can agree with Eliphaz the Temanite: people are born to have trouble! (Job 5:7a)

But perhaps, in the midst of today’s troubles, in this 21st century, the desire to fly away and escape is the Holy Spirit’s whisper, warning us of what Father has told us through the prophets Hosea and Isaiah:

Hear the word of Yahuwah [the LORD], ye children of Israel: for Yahuwah [the LORD] hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish. . .  (Hosea 4:1-3a)

 

Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, Yahuwah [the LORD] is coming out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. (Isaiah 26:20,21)

The prophets’ words are a current, modern-day description!

Are we in that time when Father is about to bring the fury of His judgment on the land, but urges His own people to hide themselves?

Or is it just a cowardly desire, to want to fly away and escape? Either way, I will admit my secret desire: Oh that I had wings like a dove, so that I could fly away!

King David was not ashamed to admit his anguish, and the fearfulness of being surrounded by wickedness on all sides. It takes courage to honestly recognize and admit our own grief, our own weakness, and our fearfulness of Father’s wrath that we see coming upon the land.

When King David admitted his intense fearfulness, he then began to remember the lovingkindness of Yahuwah. I suspect that David began to remember the multiple times when Father had given David mercy, rescue, and help — see Psalms 18:1-3; 22:5; 34:4; 54:7; 55:18; 56:13; 86:13; 116:8.

As For Me

David knew there was no safety within his own abilities (Psalms 33:16-19). So when he saw the surrounding turmoil, he eagerly acknowledged his one and only pathway of deliverance and hope:

As for me, I will call upon God; and Yahuwah [the LORD] shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. (Psalms 55:16,17)

King David called upon the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].

Calling upon Yahuwah with a true and sincere heart, is the anchor of hope through ‘the windy storm and tempest!’ Calling upon Him helps us remember that God is able to give us all the grace, the help, and the safety we need to complete His purposes (Psalms 77:11; 2Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 1:6)

There is no safety in our abilities! Our own abilities or righteousness will not deliver us! So, as King David urges us to do, let us bow our knees before our Mighty One, and call upon Abba Father:

Cast your burden on Yahuwah [the LORD], and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

 

Thank You Father, for Your precious and unfailing Word — my guiding Light through the storms. Thank You that You are with me, strengthening and upholding me with Your righteous right hand! You are my hope, my deliverer, my safety! I call upon You! Help me, and all Your people, to always remember to trust in Your faithful love for us. Help us to honour You in the midst of the trials and fears, and to admit our need for You. Have mercy on us, and lead us in Your pathway. In the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah, I pray. Amen.

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2 comments on “Oh That I Had Wings Like A Dove!
  1. Susan says:

    Love this teaching, thank you!

    Like

    • goodnewsfromadistandland says:

      Thank you Susan, for your comment. It is encouraging to know that others understand my secret desire for wings. Escape seems cowardly. But with the increase of turmoil and troubles in these days, I must continually remind myself of Father’s goodness for His children: “Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for them that fear You; which You have wrought for them that trust in You before the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret of Your presence from the pride of man: You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Psalms 31:19,20) HalleluYAH!
      Blessings and Shalom to you and your household!

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