Text: Psalm 91 (Read it here.)
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
(Psalm 91.3-4, NIV)
Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty
Author: Jim Brewer
Do you have a summer memory of finding a nice shade, where you could sit down, cool off and maybe slip into a midday nap? And then that rest is suddenly jolted by the sun in your eyes?
This psalm begins by saying that if you’re living with God you are in his shadow, and there you find real rest. He goes on to describe that rest using two metaphors: a strong fortress and a mother hen.
Think of the contrast, a fort full of shields and a bird full of feathers! A secure strength and a fragile softness. And what do these two have in common? How do these two provide secure rest? By bearing the brunt of the attack themselves. And that is seen ultimately in the Christ where God’s righteous power and sacrificial love combine equally, and bids us to come find rest by living with him.
Think of a time when you had an absolutely terrible night of rest, in fact, you got no rest. What caused this restless night? In what ways did circumstances need to change in order to create an atmosphere where you could rest completely?
How does resting in the Almighty create that atmosphere where rest can truly happen? When you think about a fortress, what images come to mind? In what ways do God being like a fortress bring you peace?
In what ways does our acknowledgement of God and his name play into his rescue of us? Why do you think it is difficult for people to call on God, even when they know that doing so can bring peace and rescue? In what ways has your acknowledgement of God bring you a greater sense of rest and peace?