Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
We were all ready for a fun-filled day at the beach. The field trip group I traveled with came ready with beach balls, sand buckets, and picnic blankets. But as soon as we arrived, we were in for a disappointing surprise. Rain! None of us were prepared for the downpour that met us with unrelenting force.
No one had heard rain was in the forecast for that day. We had no raincoats or umbrellas. Just the open sky and sheets of rain that blurred the sight of the water and waves. So we did the only thing we could: run for cover.
We all piled beneath a nearby gazebo. Sheltered from the rain and soaking wet, we laughed to ourselves.
Life sometimes has a way of “getting us wet” when we least expect it.
But we can always find shelter from the storm in the refuge of our Father.
That day in the rain reminded me of the garments of protection we have in him.
The garments our beautiful Savior offers us are not only clothing of comfort and warmth, but of power and protection. Our garments are full of brilliant splendor and the strength of a warrior’s armor.
When we put on the clothing of Christ, we put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10).
His garments protect us and shield us from life’s hard blows and the deceitful schemes of the enemy. Like David mused in Psalm 5, the Lord is our refuge and strength; a mighty tower and hiding place.
When the storms of life rage on around us, we are kept safe; hidden beneath the shield of his favor and love. God’s protection is like a wide canopy spread over us, shielding his beloved children from the scorching sun or thundering rain.
“Spread your protection over them…” (Psalm 5:11)
This verse also reminds me of Ruth’s words to Boaz. He was a close relative of her mother-in-law Naomi. Because he was a kinsman, he was in a position as a wealthy single man to marry Ruth—a widowed woman left without the provision and protection of a husband.
“Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer” (Ruth 3:9)
You may know the rest of the story. Boaz covered Ruth with the garment of his protection and married her. Their son became a thread in the tapestry of Jewish history that led to the lineage of Jesus, the Messiah.
Jesus is our Redeemer. He bought us back from the captivity of our sin, and spread his garment of love over us. He covers us with his blessing, kindness, and grace. He wraps us in his clothing of protection, and surrounds us with his favor like a mighty shield.
Now we can rejoice and sing of his great love forever! Girded with the strength of his protective armor, we can sing the joyful, melodious praises of his glorious deliverance.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
What do you need God to protect you from today? I’d love to hear in the comments below!