Recently, I remember the story about Corrie ten Boom, a woman who endured extreme suffering as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during WW II. Fear, pain and loneliness were a very present reality to her, but even more so, was the reality of her precious Savior. For comfort and relief, she turned to Psalm 91:4, “He shall cover thee with His feathers.” She prayed this verse every night, with confidence and then she would imagine herself under the actual feathers of God’s protective wing. Here, in this place of safe refuge, she would rest.
She was much later released, by “mistake” (if there is such a thing!) and went on to travel the world, sharing the love of Jesus. She would often say, “There is not pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” Amazing.
I am teaching from Psalm 91 this week. It is a beautiful poetic expression of God’s protection and provision. It is close to my heart. This painting, titled Psalm 91, hangs in my office. My friend Mary painted it and gave it to me, as a visual reminder that I close to God, resting in His shadow, covered by His feathers.
There is no refuge like God. He is the strongest shelter and in His shadow we can find rest. I don’t always understand it, but I know that it is true. Dear reader, no matter what afflicts you, worries you, or fears you – big or small -- run for cover under the shelter of the One who loves you and is your secure refuge. Here you will find rest for your weary soul and refreshment for your heart.