Musings on Psalm 91:4

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He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and a buckler.

- Psalm 91:4 [ESV]

'ebrah (pinions) wing of bird, outer rear edge.
This specific Hebrew Word is used 4 times throughout the Old Testament.

Cocherah (buckler) a small, round shield either carried or worn on the arm.

Is there refuge anywhere else but within the bosom of the Triune God? This is the assertion of the Psalmist, and we would do well to take heed. The metaphors powerfully drive home and enable us to understand His divine protection, with that of a hen and her chicks. The faithfulness of the LORD is then compared with a solider, with his shield and buckler.

There are many great men of the faith that have gone before us, let us therefore let these men speak and further strengthen our faith, within the ever-comforting God Almighty.

This beautiful metaphor expresses the tender care God exercises for our safety. Since he condescends to liken himself to a hen spreading her wings over her young, nothing should prevent us coming to him in confidence. His faithfulness which is likened to a shield and buckler means he never deserts his people in their hour of need; here the Psalmist has his eye on the divine promises, for it is only by looking to his Word that we can cast ourselves on God’s protection. (John Calvin).

Doth the Lord speak of his feathers, as though he likened himself to a bird? Who will not see herein a matchless love, a divine tenderness, which should both woo and win our confidence? Even as a hen covereth her chickens so doth the Lord protect the souls of those that dwell in him; let us cower down beneath him for comfort and for safety. (Charles. H. Spurgeon).

“He will cover you with his pinions”. Christ’s wings are both for healing and for hiding (Matthew 4:2), for curing and securing; the devil and his instruments would soon devour the servants of God, if he did not set an invincible guard about them, and cover them with the golden feathers of his protection. (Thomas Watson).

This is the promise of the present life. For the promises of the life to come, who can explain? If the expectation of the just be gladness and such gladness, that no object of desire in the world is worthy to be compared with it, what will the thing itself be which is expected? No eye, apart from thee, O God, hath seen what thou hast prepared for them that love thee. Under these wings, therefore, four blessings are conferred upon us. For under these we are concealed; under these we are protected from the attack of the hawks and kites, which are the powers of the air: under these a salubrious shade refreshes us, and wards off the overpowering heat of the sun; under these also we are nourished and cherished. (Bernard).

There is a safe and secret place
Beneath the wings divine
Reserved for all the heirs of grace,
O! be that refuge mine!

- Henry Francis Lyte

It is my prayer, that with a living faith- we might cling to the LORD in all affairs of life.

Grace & Peace.

ROG (Recipient of Grace).
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