“He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
Under His wings we find refuge.
From our self-criticisms.
From the weariness of trying to be more, to do more.
From guilt of past choices, whether sinful or simply unwise.
From fear of the future, or fear of consequences of our past.
From the pain or despair of the present.
From confusion of not knowing which way to turn.
Refuge from so many things, found under the protective wings of our God.
Because we are loved here. Wholly. Not in spite of certain things, but loved completely. Mistakes and struggles and all. Loved because we are His.
You are loved here as you are, and you are safe. Because the Lord has seen it all and has chosen to love you, to commit to your good and your joy and your redemption forever.
Take refuge in the One who loves you without reservation and without wavering. The One who formed you and all of your details, and the One who understands it all.
There is a throne of grace to which we can come for help (Hebrews 4:16). There, we will not find judgment or criticism, but kindness and strength. Wisdom and hope. Love.
The Most High God, the Almighty, is a refuge for us. A safe place of belonging. To which we may continually come, without fear of being let down or turned away. There is no fear here; here, there is perfect love. Love that fills every space. Love that never fails.
We can rest here, knowing our God will never leave us and will complete the work He has begun. His faithfulness is our shield – a picture that gives strength to the shield of faith spoken of in Ephesians 6. We have faith and can raise our shield because we know our God is faithful. And even when our faith wavers, He will cover us with the shield of His constant and everlasting faithfulness. Because it remains firm regardless.