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Protected by a Shadow

Read Psalm 36:1-12


When we trust Jesus Christ and live in fellowship with Him, we have all we need for life and for service. When you were saved, you were born again, complete in Christ. When the Holy Spirit came into your life, He came to give you fullness of life in Jesus Christ.


Psalm 36 indicates that when we walk in the Lord and seek to serve Him, we have His protection. "How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings" (v. 7). David is talking about the tabernacle, about the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies. How strange that the safest place in the world is under a shadow! When we live in the Holy of Holies, in fellowship with God and under His wings, we have His protection.


In verse 8 David changes the picture. He says we have God's satisfaction: "They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures." Our Lord not only protects us but also provides for and satisfies us. A river constantly flows, yet it's always the same. God is always the same, yet He constantly wants to bring new blessings to us. A river is known for its power and abundance. So is God. "For with You is the fountain of life" (v. 9). We don't drink at the river and get thirsty again. We always have that Fountain of Living Water within us.


We also have His guidance. "In Your light we see light" (v. 9). What more can you want? In Jesus Christ you have all that you need. Be sure to live under the shadow of His wings.


God's lovingkindness addresses your human weaknesses. Where they might betray you or leave you vulnerable, He divinely provides. You have the promise of His care. He protects, satisfies and guides. Is your life holy and acceptable before Him ? Trust yourself to God's care and rest under the shadow of His wing. "The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who put their hope in His mercy" (Ps. 147:11).


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