~* UNDER HIS WINGS *~
William O Cushing, 1823-1902
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings
shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Daily living is often filled with unexpected dangers. We never
know what lies ahead as we begin each new day. How does a
person cope with uncertainty and have the stability to live
victoriously? For the Christian, daily security is having an
unwavering confidence that God is in absolute control and
personally involved in every detail of life. The only condition
is that we must be willing to accept His help and remain close
to Him wherever He leads. Jesus taught this truth to the people
of His day; He longed to gather them to Himself even as a
mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings when there is an
impending storm. The human tragedy then and still today is that
people are more often than not unwilling to accept His gracious
offer (Luke 13:34).
The author of this hymn text, William Cushing, wrote these
words as an expression of Psalm 17:8--"Hide me under the shadow
of thy wings." After pastoring several large churches, Cushing
suddenly was told that he could no longer preach. He had lost
the power of speech. Broken in spirit, his heart cried out to
God with the words of the psalmist. God answered by giving him
the gift of writing. In all, William Cushing wrote more than
300 hymns, including
"Hiding in Thee",
"Ring the Bells of Heaven",
"There'll Be No Dark Valley",
"When He Cometh".
Those hymns may have had an even wider spiritual influence than
his years of successful pastoring. "Under His Wings" first
appeared in Ira Sankey's Sacred Songs No. 1, published
in 1896. It has continued to be a favorite hymn among God's
Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever!
*For Today*: Deuteronomy 33:27; II Samuel 22:31; Psalm 17:8, 36:7; 57:1; Isaiah 12:2; Matthew 23:37
Realize anew that God Himself desires to protect you and provide for your best welfare. Thank Him for this blessing!
Music url: The Cyber Hymnal
Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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