“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36
God promises to be our shelter through the difficult seasons of life when storm after storm strike our shores.
Fallen as we are, we often require times of trouble and loss to be genuinely aware and grateful for the love and goodness that surround us. In fair weather, we forget, taking for granted the numerous ways that God continually provides.
Our oldest daughter recently observed this about one of her favorite books: “It’s a sad book,” she said, “with a lot of darkness and loss. Still, the good that’s there, though seemingly small in comparison, shines all the brighter in such a bleak setting.”
May we have eyes to see in any weather – fair or foul – how God quite literally hems us in, behind and before (Psalm 139).
Here are some beautiful passages that speak of God as our shelter. Let us be encouraged and find rest in them.
“For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.”
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”
“… You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rainstorm against a wall.
Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.”
“Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.”
In the end, it is better to be in a storm with our Lord Jesus, taking refuge under the shadow of His wings, than on a quiet shore without Him.