I’ve prayed Psalm 91 for soldiers deployed to foreign lands.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust” Psalm 91:1,2.
I’ve prayed it for friends and family.
I’ve prayed it for myself.
“Protect us Lord! We desperately need your protection. Place us in your shadow. Cover us.”
I love the image verse four paints in my mind.
But how do we crawl up under the wings of God?
Digging into the ancient text helps us know…it takes effort on our part. We have to put ourselves there.
How do we do that?
The words “find refuge” have been translated from the Hebrew word Hasah. As you read the definition of Hasah, notice the different meanings:
- to flee (for protection), seek refuge; to trust in, confide in, hope in...is often used in the figurative sense of seeking spiritual refuge and putting trust in God. (Key-Word, NIV 1517)
Placing oneself under God’s wings really means trusting Him. God’s refuge is found only in this powerful five letter word.
How do you and I trust God when all seems to be falling apart? How do we trust God when someone we love is suffering, or we lose our job, or one bad thing after another punches us in the stomach?
Other people’s testimonies have inspired me to keep on keepin’ on when I’ve wanted to be angry at God. But my faith has grown during those desperate days when I made a choice to choose Him.
- I could do things my way or God’s. (And I chose God’s.)
- I could be mad at Him or trust that He is always good. (Always good.)
- I could demand my way or wait on Him. (Wait.)
- I could quit or keep on believing. (Trust.)
Knowing what it means to “find refuge” in God will not only help us when the hard times come, it helps us know how to pray Psalm 91 for those we love. Our prayer can be something like this, “Help her trust you Lord. Help her run under your wing, straight to your heart and hold onto you.”
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wing until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1b
How will you “crawl up under” God’s wings today? What will that look like in your life? What do you need to trust Him with?
This article was first posted in 2011. I’ve added to it a little. But it’s one of my favorites and one I need to keep in my own arsenal when life gets hard. I’m praying for you. XXOO