Monday, November 19, 2012

Under His Wings

Our Father delights in taking us higher on His wings - or hiding us under His wings. Here are some verses to meditate on: 

God - The Father - lifts us on the mother eagle's wings: Exodus 19:4 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself

He lifts us up in the days where we are in the wilderness and cannot find our way. He gives us strength to go on - running and not getting weary, walking and not fainting (Is. 40:31)

God - The Son - gathers us and protects us like a mother hen: Matt. 23:37 How often I've ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn't let me (Message)

Hens are not as majestic as eagles, but they love their babies and protect them all - there is always room for one more! He keeps us as the apple of His eye - the ones who are protected at all costs

God - The Holy Spirit broods over the earth like a Dove and brings forth life: Gen. 1:2 Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss
Matt. 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him (ESV)

So...the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are expressed among us as a female bird. This is an expression of His Father and Mother heart to us. He protects, hides, feed, heals and comforts us under His wings. We can run to this place of His favor at any time and can find Him faithful to deliver us from all fear and harm.

This is the place where we can hear his song over us, and where we can find our own song once again: Psalm 63:7 (NLT) I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.

Come - run quickly to this place of prayer - the secret place of His presence. Take note - this is a place to dwell - to remain and abide: Ps. 91:1-4  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
(NLT) v4 He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Look at these babies - they don't have a care in the world as they are protected under the wings of their mothers and fathers. They are the objects of total devotion!

God uses every means He can to reveal the depths of His love for us. These birds are simply one picture of His overwhelming grace. He has placed an example of His love in these beautiful creatures who love so completely.

More on God's wings: HERE