“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

God’s Feathers

(Please read Psalm 91:1-4)

February 23

Is it a little jarring for you to speak of God having feathers? Apparently some translators think so, since they translate the word in Verse 4 of our text as “pinions” — but the meaning is the same and the verse clearly mentions God’s “wings.”

Of course the whole passage is figurative, to convey an idea of the protection the Lord provides for those who “dwell in the shelter of the Most High.” Jesus used the same figure in lamenting over Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37, NIV).

What a pity that those people did not wish for His protection! And how we should aspire to be under those sheltering wings! The psalm says we’re there if we place our trust and our lives in His care.

Wouldn’t you like to give thanks now for the blessings celebrated in this psalm? It seems likely that you know at least the chorus, or more, of the good old song, “Under His Wings.” Sing it and go about today’s business basking in the love of Him who is our refuge and protection. You’ll be glad you did.

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