Under the shadow of His wings
January 4, 2010
by Rev. Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

King David said in Psalm 63:7, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

The word “shadow” usually has a negative connotation. We talk about “the shadow of doubt,” and “shady characters.” Danger sometimes “lurks in the shadows,” and when “the shadows lengthen,” it means that time is running short and the dark night will soon be here. Even the otherwise comforting words of Psalm 23 speak of “the valley of the shadow of death.”

With all of this in mind, it is interesting to hear Psalm 63 tell us about a shadow which is a cause for rejoicing: the shadow of God’s wings. Because God is always with his people, King David imagined the Lord hovering over him like a bird.

David’s whole life was lived in that shadow, and it was not a threatening shadow! That shadow gave him confidence.

Our lives, too, are lived in that shadow – not the shadow of a guardian angel’s wings (as popular as that idea is), but the shadow of the wings of God, himself. He hovers over his people for their protection.

His shadow is not apparent to the eye, but it is there. For the God who prospered King David is still the same today, and is with us.

Because of the cross of Jesus, we had the privilege of living in that shadow during 2009, and that shadow is also our confidence for the New Year.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.