This fresh set of Daily Devotions is being provided for our LCA/NZ family, friends and visitors to help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as we face unsettling times. They can be used by families and individuals as part of the LCA/NZ’s Church@Home resources to encourage us and build trust in our Heavenly Father during this season of uncertainty and physical isolation.
by Ruth Olsen
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This is the fifth devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:1–8.
‘He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings’ (Psalm 91:4).
What a wonderful picture! We are his chicks, running to him like to a mother hen for protection, scrambling up in under his wings, tucking in under his feathers. Have you ever watched chickens do that? I have. Those chickens are very intentional and determined, squawking all the way if they are afraid! At other times, the mother hen calls them, and they come. They know their source of protection and provision. I have read of a mother hen giving her life to protect her chicks during a fire. Although she died, the chicks ran out from under her feathers and wings. That’s dedicated covering and protection!
And that is how the psalmist describes the Lord covering you and me. We can tuck in close, feel his warmth, and listen for his heartbeat. He loves you and me even more than a mother hen loves her chicks. After all, he has given her that instinct for her young. He invites us to trust him, to grow in knowing deep closeness with him at such a time as this. Then this time of testing, of clarifying our focus, is not wasted! ‘In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding’ (Philippians 4:6,7).
Lord, thank you that we find shelter in you! Amen.