Abiding Under the Shadow of the Almighty
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
The shadow of the Almighty is a metaphor for the immediate, intimate presence of God with those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High. The idea of the shadow of the Almighty is probably taken from the image of the two seraphs above the Ark of the Covenant who stand with their wings shadowing the mercy seat. It is at that place that God said He would meet with His people.
“And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.” Exodus 25:17-21
“And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.” Exodus 25:22
Just think of it, God chose to make a place called the mercy seat His place of meeting with His people. Not the place of judgment or critical evaluation, not the place of dominance and overrule or of forced obeisance and humiliation, but a place of acceptance, of comfort and peace, and there in the shadow of the wings of the cherubims, His presence would abide. Those who come to that place find His power surrounding them for protection, for safety for defense, for comfort and for peace. Away from the threats and violence of the world, away from the burning heat of the summer sun and the chilling cold of the winter wind, away from the attacks of the enemy and all that would seek to steal, kill and destroy. There no adversary can assail and no troubling voice can be heard.
Under the shadow of the Almighty there is a mercy seat of security where we can abide forever.