“The LORD Himself watches over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.” – Psalm 121:5
Shade. This verse reminds me of cattle, under the shadow of a tree in the middle of a pasture, seeking relief from the hot summer sun.
In the Texas Hill Country, most warm days end with very pleasant breezes. Humidity drops throughout the day, and if you can find a shady spot on top of a hill, you’ll enjoy resting in the outdoors. It always a nice surprise, because an hour or two earlier out in the sun, you’d swear you were about to shrivel up and die.
Psalm 121 refers to God as our protective shade. This implies some things about Him, our relationship with Him and us.
We seek relief from the sun in shade. Comfortable shade is found in things bigger than us. When we’re told our Father is our protective shade, it signals He is bigger than us, and He is bigger than our circumstances.
In our fast paced world consumed with achieving, gaining every possible benefit for ourselves, it’s good for us to know we’re standing next to someone big, much bigger than us. Sitting on top of a mountain, or standing on a beach when the ocean pounds the shore are profound moments for me. I realize I’m pretty small and God is really big…and it’s a good feeling.
I love how it says God stands beside us. Yes, feeling small can be good, but only if I know I have a Father I can trust beside me.
The sun represents our day-to-day activities, and this verse implies we need rest from those activities. If we stay out in the sun, or are consumed with our activities, we wear out, and do harm to ourselves.
We need a Father who comes beside us, and grants us the rest we may not even realize we need. This psalm reminds me I have a Father who desires a relationship, and to be next to me, as I go through ups and downs of this life.
“I know The LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8
I don’t have to travel 10, 20 or 100 miles to restore my relationship with Him, or come rest in Him. He is literally standing right beside me. Only because He has made it so, through the death of His Son, to cover our sins, The Most High God is right beside you and I.
We can take a moment any time and enjoy His Presence. No different than resting on a shaded porch, you and I can sit down, look up and enjoy our Father’s Presence. We don’t have to do anything, or be a certain way. We can sit with Him, and find needed relief in His protective shade.