Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 21st, 2017
Because you have helped me, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.
Psalm 63:7-8 (NIRV)
In the Shadow of Your Wings
Has a child ever taken hold of your hand and then squeezed it even more tightly as he became afraid? We are that child. With the Lord as our help we can be assured that His right hand will take good care of us. That right hand is a hand of power. Instead of fear we can even have a song.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Nova Scotia born Sir Adams George Archibald was born into a family of lawyers, and followed the family tradition, eventually being appointed as a judge. Archibald attended all three of the Confederation conferences and when the new nation was birthed in 1867, he was appointed as Secretary of State. This position, which no longer exists, was a critical one in the early years of Canada’s existence. The Secretary of State for Canada was the official channel of communication between the Dominion of Canada and the Imperial government in London. As Canada became increasingly independent after World War I this role fell into disuse. Archibald later served as Lieutenant Governor of his home province of Nova Scotia.
I will never forget visiting a farmer friend of mine one day as rain began to fall. He had some free range chickens running around, as the rain started one of the hens ran feverishly around the farm gathering her chicks under her wings to protect them from the rain. It was fascinating to watch. It isn’t just chickens, however, that protect their offspring using their wings. Many birds do so. So it isn’t surprising that King David uses this image to illustrate God’s love for us. In Psalm 63:7-8 we read “Because you have helped me, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.” David had sensed God coming to his aid and hiding him from the pressures of life and from his enemies like a bird protects her own. And it is a place of total safety – so much so, David says, that he sings under God’s wings. We don’t naturally sing when we are afraid. Songs come when there is peace and joy. What is interesting is that David doesn’t say that the storm is over. In fact, it seems not to be. David is holding on firmly to God. But David was experiencing God’s peace and powerful authority over the storm, and in the trusting came peace. When the storms of life come, hide in God and hold onto Him. And He will give you peace.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’