“He that dwelleth 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 will I trust.” (Psa. 91:1-2).
I recently listened to a talk on Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth. She said some very interesting things that made me look at Psalm 91 more closely. This is a very powerful Psalm and if we choose to hear His Word and believe it and learn to trust in Him He will be our refuge.
For Psalm 91:4, and I have heard this before, she used the example of the hawk flying overhead and below was a mother hen with her chicks a little ways away. The hen spread out her wings and the chicks ran under her wings and then she closed her wings gathering them under her to protect them. She did not run to them gathering them all up, they ran to her. In Matthew 23:37 we also see this picture of God as a mother hen waiting to gather her chicks under her if they would only come, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” My mother also mentioned the story of the firemen who found a burned hen in a fire and they wondered why the hen had not run out of the building but when they lifted the dead hen her little chicks ran out. They had run to her and she had protected them through the fire giving her own life.