Psalm 91:2-4 –
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
The language of refuge and fortress has a military/battle language to it, meaning that this life is a battle. We live in a world that is constantly battling and confronting—with the purpose of either destroying or weakening our faith and living in the very presence of God. This can be seen whenever our hearts become detached or distant from God’s presence.
The Lord’s invitation is for us is to now make the Lord our dwelling, especially in times of battle.
The Lord also promises that He will save us from the fowler’s snare. A fowler is someone who captures fowls (birds). The way that fowlers captured birds was by setting up traps that the birds couldn’t see or were fooled into.
The point here is that the Lord will save us (rescue us) from the traps of life—those destructive things in life that are unseen and brings evil into our lives.
The Lord will surely save us from the traps that we cannot see—are tempted by—trying to fool us. Lastly, the imagery of being under God’s wings is one of deep care and intimacy. Like a mama bird that puts her young under her wings in order to protect—the wings of God will also shield us from all harm and the elements that can hurt us.
To be under his wings, is to be hidden in God. We are not touched, for the Lord shields us from harm. Do we live in this incredible sense of security and protection?