When you picture a magnificent flying bird, it is usually not a chicken that comes to mind as you've never seen a chicken pictured in flight—many eagles, but no chickens.
We quote the Scripture from ISAIAH 40:319, which talks about being borne up on eagles' wings or with wings like eagles.
There is a difference, however, between being “on” His wings and being “under” His wings.
I prefer the strength we find sheltering in Jesus, just as the goose shelters her young goslings!
THE SHELTERING WING
This promise in PSALM 91 is not elaborating on the flying wing—but on the sheltering wing. One indicates strength and accomplishment, while the other denotes protection and familiarity.
When you picture the warmth of a nest and the security of being under the wings of the nurturing love of a mother hen with chicks, it paints a vivid picture of the sheltering branch of God’s protection that the psalmist refers to in this passage.
WHO IS PROTECTED
Is everyone protected under the wings? Did you notice it says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, YOU may seek refuge?”
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and UNDER HIS WINGS SHALT THOU TRUST: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Again, it’s up to us to make that decision! We can seek refuge under His wings if we choose to, as Jesus proclaimed to the stiff neck religious leaders.
GOD DESIRES TO HOLD HIS CHILDREN CLOSE
"Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Notice the contrast between His willingness and our unwillingness—His wanting to against our not willing to—His would against our would not. What an excellent analogy to show us that we don't always accept the protection offered.
God is deeply committed to us—yet, at the same time, we can reject His outstretched arms if we choose.
PRAY THIS WITH ME
Lord, help my heart to be willing to run to You at all times, in faith, every time trouble or danger presents itself. May I continually seek the refuge that You have made available to me and the joy of your presence. In the name of Jesus.
SONG: Under His Wings
SUNG BY: Alton Beal