Psalms 102 – 24, 25 – The Lord’s man who wrote this Psalm pleads to the Lord asking Him not to take his life in the midst of the days. While we are all still alive we need to praise the Lord, and worship Him. It is because we do not know when our lives will come to an end. Our life in this world can end in two ways – when we die, or when the Lord comes down during His second coming.
So it is very important that we understand what God’s Will is about us. It is important that we realize the Will of the Lord and that we complete His Will during our lives in this world.
We always pray to the Lord if we need something worldly. But we need to pray in order to ask to the Lord to reveal His Will for us. This kind of prayer will please the Lord.
Deut. 33: 27 – We can much easily fulfill the Will of the Lord by having the eternal God as our refuge and we have to take firm shelter under His everlasting arms. If we believe and trust in other people (say, friends or relatives) we will only fulfill their Will and listen to their advices. But the Lord wants us to give Him the full control and hence fulfill His Will.
Ruth 2: 12 – Since Ruth went under the wings of the Lord to take refuge, the Boas says that the Lord will repay for what she has done. The very “act” of Ruth that she left her father and mother and her homeland – the key here is to “leave” what has to be left.
We have to leave those things that are not pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. In Psalms 91: 5-8 we read the blessings received by those who take shelter under the wings of the Lord.
Psalms 36: 7 – It doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor, it is important that we need to take refuge under the wings of the Lord.
In Malachi 4: 2 we read that there is healing under the wings of the Lord. In Romans 13: 13 we read that we have to behave decently, not in orgies or drunken parties – even if we worship the Lord we have to do it decently. That’s what shows that we are under the wings of the Lord and that’s what shows that we’ve left our worldly desires and behaviors.
In Ruth 1: 11 we see that Ruth was given a chance to go back and join her men; but she chose the Lord’s path. Under the shadow of Lord’s wings, there is help and there is joy (Psalms 63: 7).
In Psalms 57: 1 we read that we should take refuge in the shadow of His wings until the disaster passes. It does not mean that we won’t face disasters. We will face disasters just like every other person in the world – but the Lord will protect us and will safely take us to the destination.
In Deut. 33: 27, 28 we read that Israel will live in safety alone. Israel’s own strength was taken away by the Lord and Israel is the group of Lord’s people who came under the Lord’s wings for shelter. The Lord says that Israel will live in safety “alone” – only when Israel lived the life of separation. Israel did not mingle with worldly and ungodly people.
We also read that the spring of Jacob is secure, and there’s new wine and the heavens drop dew (blessing). Israel is indeed blessed!