How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7 NIV)
Read: Psalm 36:5-10
When my husband and I were grand-sitting our two grandchildren, my husband played pretend games with two-and-a-half-year-old Clara. Meanwhile, I tried to keep two-month-old Owen happy by holding him and rocking him. When their mom returned a few hours later, I handed Owen to her. Clara immediately looked up at me and asked, “Do you want to hold me?”
I didn’t hesitate a moment. I scooped Clara into my arms and hugged her. Then I sat and bounced her on my lap and hugged her some more. Clara had waited hours for my attention, and I was happy to assure her of my love in ways she understood.
In today’s psalm, David paints a picture of a God who knows our needs and delights in loving us–His children–in tangible ways. But we don’t have to wait our turn; God can love the whole world at once! God’s unfailing love is so immeasurable, and it extends to the heavens (v. 5). Because He loves us, He provides a protective place of refuge under His wings (v. 7) and supplies an abundant feast and drink from his river of delights (v. 8). He also gives us life and light (v. 9) and offers us salvation (v. 10).
When we come to God with our needs, we don’t need to question His love and ask, “Do you want to hold me?” God’s Word assures us of his limitless, steadfast, precious love that extends far beyond anything we can ever comprehend. And we know God holds us: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
Prayer: O Lord, how precious to me is Your unfailing love! Thank You for providing a refuge for my grandchildren and me under the shadow of Your wings.
Excepted from Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting by Lydia E. Harris, AMG Publishers, page 134-35.