“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
This section concerns taking shelter under the wings of the Almighty, as though we were young birds and he was our mother. In his shelter he will cover us “with his feathers,” and we will “find refuge.” God is our protector because he is faithful. Our relationship with him always rests on his faithfulness, which is unfailing.
How comforting it is to dwell along with the Psalmist on the power of the Lord and his love for us, that he would be a shield, a rock, a rampart, that, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” Psalm 91:10
This Psalm says that it is because we Love God that He will protect us, rescue, answer us when we call, and satisfy us with long life. Our part is to Love Him and “acknowledge [His] name”, and he will show us his salvation.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Psalm 91:4
#1 “He will cover you with His feathers,”
The Psalmist is using the metaphor of a bird with his mother. God is the protective mother who feeds, nurtures, and protects her young. The image is meant to invoke safety and warmth when we dwell in God.
#2 “and under his wings you will find refuge;”
There is no other place for the Christian to look for refuge. There is nowhere safer to be than in the arms of The Father. To come under His wings to find refuge would mean looking to God in prayer, looking to His Word to see how to live, and then living out the commands of God, acknowledging 2his presence the whole way. This presupposes for the Christian acceptance of Jesus’ free gift of eternal life by believing in him and his powerful death and resurrection.
#3 “God’s faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Some hundreds of years after this was penned, God sent His Son – Jesus, to save the world through faith in Him. He did this as a demonstration of His faithfulness, which is a shield and rampart, that is, a means of His protection over us. Faithfulness means that whatever God promises, He does. That is a shield for us. His character of faithfulness is a guarantee of our safety so that, no matter what may happen to us on earth, we have a safe eternal home with God in heaven, where we will dwell with him forever. We can also expect his help on earth much of the time when we call on him.
A few of The Promises of God
Promise #1: I am your strength.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13). God will never call you into something that He is not fully willing and able to support you in. YOU alone may not have the strength but if you take your focus off of you and put it on the source of your strength (God), you will see that all things are truly possible with Him.
Promise #2: I will never leave you.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Even during the darkest, most tumultuous times of our lives, we can rest assured that God is with us, even when we can’t feel His presence.
Promise #3: I have plans to prosper you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). God did not create you just to leave you to live a mediocre life. His plans for you were formed from the beginning of time. You can step right into that promise with confidence knowing that He knows what He’s doing.
Promise #4: I hear your prayers.
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14). God promised that if we ask anything that is in line with the character of God and His purpose, He will answer. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but I do know he will answer your prayers.
Promise #5: I will fight for you.
“The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm” (Exodus 14:14). Just like the Lord fought for the Israelites, He will fight for you. Even during the times that He calls for you to take action, HE will be the one to give you the strategy and still be right there with you, fighting for you.
Promise #6: I will give you peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Our Lord Jesus gave us His peace before he departed. This peace is not something you have to earn or even pray for, it’s yours—receive it.
Promise #7: I always Love you.
“In this the Love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is Love, not that we have loved God but that He Loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”.
Just because we take that word lightly and throw it around without much thought, doesn’t mean God does. His Love for us is not shallow and superficial, nor does it EVER change and He proved it through the sacrifice of His one and only Son.