Posted July 16, 2012
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
Fowler - a professional bird catcher, or bird hunter
Pinion - the wing of a bird, or a primary feather of a bird
Buckler - a small round shield
Figured we'd just cut to the chase, and start with those definitions since most people reading these verses are a little confused. This is our second installment of songs helping us memorize Psalm 91 (2 of 7). These two verses carry on where the last two left off, where God was described as the Most High, the Almighty, Lord, and my God. We are now taught that this strong God protects those who trust in him in real & tangible ways.
There are two prevailing images for God: as a protecting bird, and as a shield & buckler. Derek Kidner commented, "it combines the warm protectiveness of a parent bird (Dt. 32:11, Matt. 23:37) with the hard, unyielding strength of armour. Shield and bucker gave respectively the cover that was large and static, and small and mobile." In other words, his care & protection is holistic and empathetic. Do you see God as both caring and powerful? Often we can think of God as caring but incapable of helping. Other times we can see his protecting hand, but have a hard time believing he does truly love & care for us. In his book "Gospel", JD Greear said, "As I pray, I'll measure your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection." May the cross & resurrection be an ever-reminder that God is both compassionate and powerful!
If you want to explore these thoughts a little more, this blog has some wonderful insights into these verses (http://fighterverses.com/blog-post/jesus-our-rescue-and-refuge/ and http://fighterverses.com/blog-post/no-final-evil-can-befall-you/).
This week's song was a co-write by Darren & Jessie Clarke, British friends who live on the gorgeous Central Coast of California. You can check out a couple more of their songs here (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/keep-me-in-your-love-single/id532564893 and http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/your-love-endures-single/id531948280), and website at http://clarkelanemusic.com/.
This week's design was submitted by Michael Manasseh, a graphic designer out of Oklahoma City (http://soulmana.com/). You can download an iPhone or iPad version below.
Our prayer for both music & artwork is that they help us memorize, meditate on, & treasure God's Word.