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IN THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS

I had a wide awake encounter with Psalm 91...


It was a cold night in the year 2011 as I sat outside on my porch weeping and praying to the LORD for help. My soul was in anguish over my husband who repeatedly broke my heart during those years. I had no more strength to go on.


“IN MY DISTRESS I CALLED UPON THE LORD, AND CRIED OUT TO MY GOD… AND MY CRY CAME BEFORE HIS EARS.” ~Psalm 18:6


I told the Lord, "You promised in Your Word to help all who call upon Your name... I now call upon Your name with all my heart. Help me!"


It was there in the darkness of my life, in the moments I needed God the most that HE ALWAYS SHOWED UP.


“YOU SHALL CALL UPON ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU.”….says the LORD! ~Psalm 91:14,15


First, it was a small still voice that told me, "command the devil to leave you". So I did.


I said, "In the name of Jesus, go away devil" & I felt the oppression instantly lift & I saw a dark figure dart away from me, fleeing in fear... (submit to God, resist the devil & he will flee from you... James 4:7)


Then suddenly I was aware of the strong presence of two unseen angels standing, one on each side of me. (Psalm 91:11 & Hebrews 1:14). It's hard to explain, but if you hold your hand half an inch from your face, without touching your face & close your eyes... you can FEEL the presence of your hand. That's how I felt the presence of those angels, except that physical feeling was much stronger.


THEN THE LORD APPEARED UNSEEN IN FRONT OF ME. HIS PRESENCE WAS TOWERING AND STRONG. IT WAS GOD LITERALLY STANDING BEFORE ME.


"HE SHALL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS...." ~Psalm 91:4


I closed my eyes. When I did… it was then that I could SEE!!


As soon as I closed my natural eyes, my spiritual eyes were OPENED. I saw the FEATHERED WINGS of the Majestic Almighty God come down upon me and suddenly envelope me.


I was literally in Psalm 91.


Just before being covered in the pleasant and safe darkness of His wings, I saw the hem of His garment, then His white feathers wrapped securely around me and over me, enclosing me on every. I physically felt the way one would feel if they were inside a box. I felt enclosed on every side PHYSICALLY. It was like Lord physically manifested & covered me.


"BECAUSE THEY HAVE SET THEIR LOVE UPON ME, THEREFORE I WILL DELIVER THEM."…. ~Psalm 91:14


I had been shaking from cold and anxiety. But there under the shadow of His wings, it was physically warm. There enclosed in the shelter of the Most High, He spoke to my mind, heart, soul and spirit. His voice penetrated every layer of my being.


He said, “I WILL SHELTER YOU …….. I WILL CALM YOU.”


When He said these tender words to me, I stopped shaking. My anxiety melted away from me like hot oil.


Then God said to me, “I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU.” I felt strength begin to steadily flow into me.


As He strengthened my soul and mended my heart in the sweet shadow of His massive wings, He said one last thing to me. He said, “I AM YOUR REFUGE!”


"HE IS MY REFUGE, MY FORTRESS, MY GOD..." ~Psalm 91:2


I began to weep in amazed understanding of His mercy. He came to me for no reason other than His mercy... His tender, gentle mercy. I understood His love again and His deep tenderness.


How tenderly He drew me up into the Refuge of His wings and mended my heart and soul. He spoke tenderly to me in the Secret Place and strengthened me. I became shamefully aware of my sin and unworthiness. I began to repent.


"...the kindness of God leads you to repentance." (Romans 2:4) This is the moment I fully understood this scripture.


I saw how sinful I was and how holy He was. It was a merciful conviction. He loves us so much that He convicts us to repentance that we may become holy as He is holy and dwell in the Secret Place with Him without hinderance.


We can dwell in the shadow of His wings now and forever. We don’t have to leave.


PSALM 91:1-4 ………. “He who dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my Refuge and my Fortress; my God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the Fowler… He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge….”


~ Jessica Smith


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