“Play with us!”
I enjoy ending my days with the arms of my children wrapped around me with calls of,
“pick me up!”
And with four children it can, at times, get very rough, especially with two boys. One of the most remarkable things I’ve discovered as I get down on their level and wrestle around is my 21 month old daughter doesn’t really like how rough we play, but she absolutely loves being as close to her daddy as possible. So instead of wrestling with the rest of us, she will snuggle as close to me as possible as a storm of chaos wages across my back. As the other kids dive bomb me, she will sit as best as she can on my lap with two fingers in her mouth cheerfully content that no harm will come her way, in spite of the insane amount of destruction that I’m being bombarded with from all side. She has hid herself in me, completely trusting that I will protect her from the torturous action of her brothers and sister.
And I recall, in those moments, the words of David “Hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.” And I am taught, through the innocence of a child, the implicit trust in the Lord. It’s an amazing thing to trust in the Lord. There is a segment of the world that seems to think that trust in God is a blind, cavalier attitude towards the dangers of the world. Simply speak His name as you rub a lamp and He pops out waiting to grant your wishes of safety. There is danger in that mentality and often it is the way leading to destruction. The small child hiding in the shadow of her father understands this, she knows that outside the calm center there wages a whirlwind of violence, despair and heart-ache, but living in the shadows of His wings, we find security.
This idea that God will keep me safe comes with an understanding that I will live in His shadow.
Psalm 18 refers to God as my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, and many of us know the principle theme of God’s protection by heart. What we fail to realize is that Psalms 18 has 49 more verses, and it is within those thoughts that we find that the reason that God is David’s hiding place is because David is seeking the righteousness of God, wanting to know Him more and be known by Him.
God is immutable, and no one can come against His will, but our sense of security in Him only begins to come into being when we realize that we must draw close to Him as a child to her father in the midst of the chaos that is life.
You will never feel the security of God as long as you remain at a distance from Him. The danger, however, of living in the shadow of His wings is that you have allowed yourself to come within reach of His arms. And those whom He protects, He changes.
And after all isn’t that really the problem we all seem to have with God, He changes us.
So live in the shadow of the Father, but be careful…
You’re in tickle range.
Joyfully in His grips