I love the word picture of Deuteronomy 32:10-12. It recorded God’s expression of love for His people Israel. It says, “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings,
So the Lord alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.”
Does it remind you of Psalm 91:1? It says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Verse 4 says, “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
I heard this story years ago. A farmer was walking through his charred fields after a prairie fire. He was discouraged and kicked a charred clump. Out scurried many baby chicks. The momma hen gave her life to save her chicks.
I love Psalm 63:8 Amplified which says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.”
Another expression of the Lord’s love for us in His Presence. David wrote Psalm 139. Verses 5 says, “You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.” Verse 13 says, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”
When dark thoughts crowd in, or you are assailed by fear, remember this promise. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
I have used Gary Chapman’s five languages of love to help stir us up to lay hold of the Lord in a new way. Let’s set our expectations on Him. He is waiting to reveal Himself in ways we have not experienced Him before as we read through His word, embrace it, and inculcate it into our thought processes.