These sheep are taking advantage of the only shade available on Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire, England. This beautiful spot overlooks Winchcombe in the valley below. As the sun makes its trek across the sky, the bench sits in that lovely shade, providing welcome relief from the sun’s rays. Sheep are often portrayed as dumb, but at least they know enough to move out of the sun and find comfort in the shade of that tree!
Today’s verse describes God’s care, protection and presence as shade. His shade is at our right hand as that is the side used for battle. The unrelenting heat of battle is lessened with assurances of His presence and power. We are not dealing with an enemy that we can see (Eph. 6:12). Putting on all that spiritual armor is essential for the conflict, but even more important is His divine protection. The light of the sun or the moon will not harm us (verse 6). Day or night He is watching over His own. Nothing can touch our souls as He has already assured the outcome. We are on the winning side.
What a comfort to have Him always with me! I am so often unaware, not only of the raging battle around me but of His presence. He is protecting me twenty-four seven from dangers I unknowingly encounter. He is my shade and protection from any and all evil in the world. If any of it should touch me, it is only with His permission and for His higher purposes. He is always watching and nothing gets past Him. He is my Deliverer and I can trust HIm.
Thank you Lord, for being my shade today.