Hens are known for being especially protective of their baby chicks. In fact, in entering a chicken coop, it is best to wear protective clothing to avoid being pecked by a mother hen when approaching their young! At the first sign of danger, the mother hen will gather her chicks under her wings. There the chicks find refuge and safety.
The verse for today makes reference to the time when David was fleeing the murderous intentions of King Saul. David was on the run for his life and found refuge in a cave. God protected him there and David praises Him with this psalm. He extols Him for sending His love and faithfulness in the form of deliverance.
I do not have a murderous king chasing me down. Living in first world countries with freedom of religion, I do not face these same dangers. However, I do have enemies. Ephesians 6:12 describes my enemies as being the dark forces of this world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. There is a time for standing firm with the full armor of God. There is also a time for renewal and retreat under His protective wings.
Many times I am unaware of the activity of my enemies. As they are unseen it is easy to think that I am doing quite well on my own. But disaster is always close by. How much better it is to be in that place of refuge; the shadow of His wings! Thank you, Lord, that Your love and faithfulness will protect me today.