Psalms 91 is a wonderful psalm because it tells us the benefits of abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. It is a Psalm that many memorize and cling to, in the midst of trials and troubles.
As children of the Most High, we earnestly seek to dwell in Father’s shelter, abiding under His shadow (Psalms 91:1). In verse four of Psalms 91, we read that Yahuwah [the LORD] covers His children with His feathers:
It has always intrigued me to think of our heavenly Father as having wings. His wings would be enormous!
Each One Had Six Wings
There are several references to wings in the Bible. One of the wondrous references to wings is the description of Yahuwah’s heavenly throne, by the prophet Isaiah:
These seraphims, the winged-creatures that surround the throne, give glory and honour to Yahuwah, day and night (Revelation 4:8). What an awesome sight it must be! The Father chose wings for the mobility of these creatures, which seems to add to the wonder and majesty of the heavenly setting.
Here in the earthly realm, I believe one of God’s favorite animals must be winged-birds. Why is that? Because there are so many of them!!
There are approximately 29 different groupings of birds, and within each group there are many different varities of species. And then among the many, many individual species, there can be thousands to millions! of each kind of bird!
The Shadow of Your Wings
In the natural, wings and their feathers seem quite fragile, delicate, and complex. Yet they are very effective for protection — protection from severe elements, as well as from predators. The most common use of feathers and wings as protection are the hiding and shielding of young chicks. Perhaps this is why there are several verses in the Psalms that encourage us to hide under the shadow of Yahuwah’s wings for His protection:
The illustration of hiding under Yahuwah’s wings is a natural example of the protection that Father eagerly offers us. As these verses from the Psalms teach us, Yahuwah’s children are to run to Him for shelter, in the same way baby birds run to their parents for protection.
When iniquity is abounding and multitudes are praising what is evil, when we are being ridiculed, harassed, and oppressed for our faith, then the children of Yahuwah desire the protection of Father’s sheltering wings! (see Psalms 12; 2Timothy 3:1-5)
But we find more than just protection when we seek His sheltering wings!
There I Will Meet With You
When we humble ourselves to seek Father’s guidance and wisdom, we are in essence, seeking the safety of His wings.
When we seek to draw near to Father, so that we can hear His voice (James 4:8); when we go into our closet, shut the door, and pray to the heavenly Father (Matthew 6:6); when we diligently seek God’s Word, for guidance and understanding (Psalms 119:11), then we are hoping to learn His direction for us — hoping to find the covering protection that He offers His children. It is then that we find the place of meeting with Him.
Yahuwah gave us this illustration centuries ago, through Moses:
The famous wings here in this passage, are the wings of the cherubims, on the two ends of the mercy seat. It is there, under the spreading wings of the cherubims, atop the mercy seat, that Father said, “I will meet with you!” This protective shadow is the place of His mercy!
As we can see in the verses from the Psalms, it is under Father’s wings where we find His presence — His guidance, protection, and His mercy. For it is under His wings that we find the mercy seat! What lovingkindness! What security!
And now, through the atoning ministry of our high priest, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], we are encouraged to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need! (Hebrews 4:16). Father is urging us to come to Him to obtain mercy, come to His throne, His mercy seat, which is under the covering shadow of His wings. For those who will persistently pray, seeking His guidance and protection, Yahuwah assures us that we will obtain His mercy and grace!
Yet there is even more!
The hidden abundance of Yahuwah’s great mercy is uncovered even further when we discover what is under the mercy seat:
As this verse show us, within Yahuwah’s great mercy, inside the ark, we find His testimony, which is His witness, His covenant with His people, His Torah. It is within His Torah that Father reveals the details of how He desires to secure our comfort, our guidance, and our protection:
These verses, as well as many others, reveal the mercy of Yahuwah towards those who delight in, and love, His Torah. It is in His perfect, completely truth-FULL Torah, that Father reveals His ways — His teachings, instructions, and guidelines for His children.
When we are delighting in [obeying] Father’s Torah, we find His tender mercies are multiplied over and over. By His great grace, our obedience to Torah is the key to remaining under the sheltering wings of His protection (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
Through the testimony of Yahushua Messiah, who speaks the Words of God, and through His precious blood, we now have access to the throne of grace! It is there we will meet with our great high priest, Yahushua Messiah, who understands our concerns, our weaknesses, and our fears. It is there, under His protective shadow, we learn that His ways are the foundation of His mercy!
Learning His ways is key to our protection!
By Them is Thy Servant Warned
Learning His ways offers protection and great reward:
As this verse teaches us, Father uses ‘them’ to warn us. But what does ‘them’ refer to in this verse?
‘Them’ refers to what is described in the previous verses of Psalms 19, verses 7-9:
- the Torah of Yahuwah
- the testimony of Yahuwah
- the statutes of Yahuwah
- the commandments of Yahuwah
- the fear of Yahuwah
- the judgments of Yahuwah
Father intends for us to learn, keep, obey, and delight in ‘them‘ — His commandments, statutes, testimonies, fear, and judgments — for this is how we learn His Ways, and this is how Father warns His children of danger.
AND this is how Father gathers His children under His wings — so that He can protect His children, and so that they can abide within His abundant mercy!
It is when we keep the full TRUTH of His Word, [by doing His Word] that we find the shielding protection of His mercy and love, just as He told us in Psalms 91, verse 4: His truth [the doing of His Truth] shall be my shield and buckler!
Psalms 91 is a very fitting psalm for answering the concerns of Father’s children. Let us consider memorizing it, making it personal, by proclaiming out loud:
His truth shall be my shield and buckler!
He shall cover me with His feathers!
Under His wings I shall trust!
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