March 18: “On Wings and Spiritual Things”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Numbers 26:52-28:15
Luke 3:1-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 11:16-17

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 61:4 (NLT): “Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

King David was belittled when he was young. When the prophet Samuel showed up to anoint the next king of Israel, David’s own father expressed doubt that his shepherd-boy son could be the next king. Later, when David was sent by his father to check on his brothers in the Israelite army, he was ridiculed by his own brothers when he said someone should go out to defeat Goliath.

But, we know what happened to Goliath. We also know how David became king and courageously expanded the Israelite nation and its influence through military exploits. He proved that his trust in his God enabled him to experience victory after valiant victory.

However, in the recesses of his heart, David struggled just like the rest of us do. He had his moments of doubt. He felt the pangs of injustice. He periodically wondered why God seemed like He was a million miles away. (Just read the Psalms. David poured his heart out often, and we observe that David struggled just like we do.)

That being the case, David needed a place of safety – just like us. He needed a place where he could feel secure, a place where he could run when things got out of control – just like us.

Well, he found that place. Listen to what he wrote:

Psalm 61:4 (NLT): “Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

The “sanctuary” was the tabernacle, the place where God met with His people. It was the place of worship. David realized that ultimately this was his place of shelter. He wasn’t running to a massive, inanimate rock fortress. He was running to a tent because that was the place where His God resided.

But, he didn’t just run to the tent. He ran into the tent (metaphorically speaking) and took refuge so that he was “safe beneath the shelter of (God’s) wings.” Just like a baby bird finds comfort from the storm under its mother’s wings, so David found solace under the protective care of his God’s “wings.” He realized that nothing could happen to him unless it got past God first. So, in that, he found comfort.

So, friend, when life gets chaotic, where do you run? Where is your hiding place? When you need to find comfort and make sense of it all and run to anything but God, then that “thing” you run to is your “god.” 

Why not determine to develop your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Spend time listening to Him in His Word and speaking with Him in prayer. Consciously look for Him in the moments of your days. Let that relationship become so real that it becomes a natural reflex to run to Him when life gets tough.

You’ll be glad you did.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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