Christ Being Our Shelter and Springs
Psa. 36:7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Thus the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. (8) They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, and You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures. (9) For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. 87:7 Then singing as well as dancing, they will say, all my springs are in you.
Those who live in subtropical lands do not feel the scorching of the heat and the sun. But if one travels to tropical lands, he will realize the intensity of the striking from the heat and the sun. A brother once said that when a man walks out of the house without his umbrella in a tropical country, he will be sick for a few months. However, if one is inside a house, he will not be hurt by the sun because there is a shelter. Without a shelter, one will be hurt by the heat. The
Bible mentions God’s overshadowing as a kind of shelter. There is one kind of life that is under God’s overshadowing; it is a life that is hidden in God (Psa. 36:7-9).
Are you sheltered? In spiritual warfare, we have the helmet of salvation (Eph. 6:17). Our life is a hidden life. We are hidden under God’s wings on earth today as little chickens are hidden under the wings of their mother. In Psalm 91, we
find that those who dwell “in the secret place of the Most High/Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (v. 1). The Lord will deliver these ones from many perils. This is a blessed life. We are a sheltered people.
Springs are with God (Psa. 87:7), while the river of water of life flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1). In other words, we are very close to God; we are right beside Him. God leads us to His presence, and the Lamb shepherds us. To put it another way, it is the Lamb who shepherds; it is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who feeds the lambs with His experience as the Lamb of God. We can never improve ourselves. We need a Shepherd to feed us all the time. What a restful enjoyment this is! This again is something that we can enjoy today.