The Hebrew definition directs the meaning toward the pupil or center of the eye, but it also means the deepest blackness. Which is a place many people are afraid to be.
Are you afraid of the dark?
What is it about the dark or dark of night that begins to bring up fears in us?
Maybe it’s because we can’t see in the dark, yett God designed our eyes to seek out light. As a room darkens, our eyes adjust by our pupils expanding to seek out light.
We may not can see in total darkness, but God can.
David continues his prayer to Jehovah with, “hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
To hide something is to be carefully concealed, but look where David wants to be hidden.
He could have asked God to hide him safely in a cave or home, but instead he asked God to hide him in the shadow of His wings.
A shadow is a defense or protection, similar to a shade from the sun. Whether it is a shadow or protection from the sun, both illustrations or meanings to the word “shadow” require a light source! You cannot have a shadow without light and the sun is a light that is so bright we need shade to protect us.
David knows that the best and safest place to be is tucked up under the presence of God. There he is protected. Like a mother swan tucks her babies in her wings, God is your safety.
When something scares you, being out in the open is not a good place to be. No one plays the game of hide and seek in an open field with nothing to hide behind. As a kid did you ever hide under the covers on your bed as a retreat for safety? As adults, we sometimes still wish the covers were an option!
David understood feeling of wanting to hide. He had been on the run from his enemy for a good length of time. He had several enemies through the years of his life.
Have you ever felt under attack? Like the battle will never end? Sometimes you can even feel surrounded.
What did David say to God that you can apply to your life and relationship with Him?