Words from the Heart for Friday June 10th, 2016

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

Sheltered

A startled baby bird will scurry beneath the wings of its mother for protection, comfort, and peace. God is described as caring for His people in a greater way – He is a shield and a tower of safety. In what ways has the Lord been a refuge for you? When you run to Him, how has He protected you?

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Devotion

According to the travel website lonelyplanet.com, the best way to see Canada’s beautiful east coast is by car or campervan. The website then lists a number of options for trips of three days, one week or two weeks. However long you are planning your trip along the coast of Atlantic Canada, what you are guaranteed to experience a landscape as varied as sheltered covers of pine-covered offshore islands to high rock cliffs battered by waves and wind. Everything is fronted by the ever-changing grey-blue ocean. Then there is the west coast of Nova Scotia around into the Bay of Fundy where the highest tides in the world create sienna silt shorelines that change with the ever rising or ebbing tide. Wherever you go you’ll find storybook lighthouses, bucolic villages of white-picket homesteads and extremely friendly folk.

If you’ve ever been caught out in a storm, and who hasn’t, you know how important it is, and how wonderful it feels, to find shelter. The storm immediately loses its power over you when you get somewhere dry and out of the wind. Those who live in tornado or hurricane prone regions preplan what to do when a tornado or hurricane hits and have a place of shelter ready. King David wrote these words in Psalm 91:4: “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” This is a beautiful picture of God being our shelter when the storms of life hit. The Psalmist doesn’t describe God here as a rock or fortress, although both of those are Biblical analogies. Instead he uses an analogy that Jesus would later use – that of a mother hen covering her chicks to protect them. Jesus would say in Luke 13:34: “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, and you were not willing.” God doesn’t have feathers, of course. But He does have great love for you. He sees the storms you are facing and wants to gather you under His protective covering to spare you the pain. Will you allow Him to? Will you place yourself under His loving care? He longs for you to do so.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley