You have been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.- Psalm 61:3-4 NKJV
Home is a familiar and comforting word for many people. Where we call “home” often brings to mind times with our family, possibly times celebrating a holiday or birthday. Or maybe it’s just a warm, comfortable feeling and memories of days long gone.
In Psalm 61, David uses four different words to describe his residence or dwelling in God. In verse 3, he claims God is his “shelter” and “strong tower.” This term here for shelter means “place of hope” while the words “strong tower” brings to mind some sort of fortress or place of safety.
In verse 4, David says he will “abide in Your tabernacle forever.” When David uses the word tabernacle, it is a reference to the Tabernacle of Meeting which was the primary worship center for Israel. The elaborate instructions for the creation of the tabernacle are listed in the Book of Exodus, beginning in Chapter 25. It served Israel for several hundred years from immediately after the Exodus, up through King David’s reign. This was the place of God’s presence and where atonement for sin was made and where God demonstrated His acceptance of the people’s sacrifices.
Finally, he uses another Hebrew word, which is often also translated as “shelter” but it is a different word than the term used in verse 3. He says he will “trust in the shelter of Your wings.” This term refers to a “hiding place” or a place of love comfort and well hidden from danger.
So by looking at all four of these terms, we see God is:
- Our shelter or place of hope.
- Our place of protection or safety.
- Our means of salvation and acceptance.
- Our hiding place – much like a bird will shield their young under their wing. It’s a place of love and devotion
Home. That place hope, safety, acceptance and love. That is what God has for us when we trust in Him. Trusting God is finding a home as described by King David.
But too often we venture out on our own. We may think God is only interested in us following a set of rules and we may look to the home that He is for us, as a place of burden or restriction.
It all comes down to trust. Trust the home He has created for you. See Him as the source of hope, protection, acceptance and love. It is only when our home is in Him that we are ready to fully embrace the life He has for us.
Blessings My Friend!