â€œKeep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.â€ (Psalm 17:8)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
here are twelve references in the Bible to Godâ€™s â€œshadow,â€ understood as a type of His invisible, but very real, guiding presence. The reference in our text above is the first, and there are three other references to this beautiful metaphorâ€”the â€œshadowâ€ of the wings of God. Psalm 36:7 assures us that men can â€œput their trust under the shadow of thy wings,â€ and Psalm 57:1 that we can take refuge there â€œuntil these calamities be overpast,â€ and then we can â€œrejoiceâ€ there (Psalm 63:7).
The Lordâ€™s presence is like â€œthe shadow of a great rock in a weary land,â€ according to Isaiah 32:2. The same prophet quoted God as saying that â€œI have covered thee in the shadow of mine handâ€ even as He formed the heavens and the earth, while hiding us â€œin the shadow of his handâ€ (Isaiah 51:16; 49:2).
Then there is the wonderful promise of Psalm 91:1: â€œHe that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.â€ He can also be â€œa shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall,â€ bringing down â€œthe heat with the shadow of a cloudâ€ (Isaiah 25:4-5). Similarly, He is â€œa tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rainâ€ (Isaiah 4:6).
The last reference speaks of â€œthe anointed of the Lordâ€ (that is, of the Messiah, Jesus Christ), assuring Godâ€™s people that â€œunder his shadow we shall live among the heathenâ€ (Lamentations 4:20). These are all â€œexceeding great and precious promisesâ€ (2 Peter 1:4). Hidden under the shadow of God is indeed a good and safe place to be in times like these. HMM