In Psalm 91:1 we read, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." A shadow is mentioned at least four times in the Bible.
First: The shadow of a ROCK. In Isaiah 32:2 we read, "And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." This is the shadow of salvation. This is the only place the individual can find salvation-in the shadow of the Rock. That Rock is Jesus. The hymn-writer wrote, "Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee." Another has written, "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."
Second: The shadow of His HAND. In Isaiah 59:2 we read, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear." This is the shadow of security. This takes us to John 10:27-30, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, Which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one." Then it takes us to Revelation 1: 16, "And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." We are safe in the shadow of the Rock. We are secure in the shadow of His hand.
Third: The shadow of His WINGS. In Psalm 63:7 we read, "Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice." This is the shadow of safety and it makes us rejoice. During the storms of life David saw the birds as they would fly. As he saw them lift their wings high he reminded himself that he was safe in the shadow of God's wings. Oh, busy mother, you can be a child again. Busy father, you can be a child again. Busy pastor, you can be as a tender child of God hiding in the shadow of His wings.
Fourth: The shadow of His TREE. In the Song of Solomon 2:3 we read, "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste." This is the shadow of sustenance. The tree provides shade. The tree also provides fruit. Ah, praise the Lord, He has for us a shadow of salvation, a shadow of security, a shadow of safety and a shadow of sustenance. Yes, He will supply all of our needs. Let us rejoice in the shadow of the Almighty.
William Cushing, the author of the hymn "Under His Wings," wrote these words as an expression of Psalm 17:8, "Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings." After pastoring several large churches, Cushing suddenly was told he could no longer preach. He had lost the power of speech. Broken in spirit, he cried out to God with the words of the psalmist. God answered by giving him the gift of writing. In all, William Cushing wrote more than 300 gospel hymns, which have had an even wider spiritual influence than his years of successful pastoring. "Under His Wings" has continued to be a favorite hymn of comfort among God's people.
Under His wings I am safely abiding; tho the night deepens and tempests are wild, still I can trust Him;
I know He will keep me; He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing, there I find comfort and there I am blest.
Under His wings, 0 what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life's trials are o'er;
sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me; resting in Jesus I'm safe ever- more.
Refrain: Under His wings, under His wings, who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide, safely abide forever.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the 23rd message from the Book of James 5:13-15 "Suffering, Sickness, Healing" ….