“How precious is your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 36:7).
Our God is a God of Grace. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14). Not only that. He went to Calvary for our sake and provides refuge to us within the shadow of the cross.
There is an old song which says “I will comfort myself in the shadow of the cross and rest there”. Christ is one who sacrificed himself for our sake and provides the height of his love as the shadow. If we say that a tree is providing shadow the thing is that the tree is bearing all the sun and hotness for that purpose. Thinking over this, the bride says “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight and his fruit was sweet to my taste (Song of Solomon 2:3).
What is the shadow of Christ? That is the sweet presence of his footstool. When Jesus was in the world, many people wanted to receive the blessings on his foot stool and they got them by falling on his feet. Mary sat on the footstools of Christ and chose that good part which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41, 42).
Bro. D. G. S. Dhinakaran and Sadhu Sunder Singh have written very good books on this subject. You may have several other responsibilities but ignore them all and look at the golden face of God, sitting near his feet.
The shadow which is the footstool of God will bring righteousness in you. “Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17). Christ will cleanse you with his Scripture. A man who had Legion demon in him for a long time got healed by Jesus was sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed. After this transformation, those six thousand demons could not do anything against him. Jesus Christ blesses providing comfort and shadow to all sinners who run towards him. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1).
During the hot summer, some deers were running in search of shadow. A male deer which saw the plight of a female deer stood in the sun and made the female deer rest in its shadow. The male deer stood like that till the sunset, providing shadow to the female deer for a long duration bearing the brunt. Is not this incident reminds us of God’s shadow of Calvary, a shadow of grace?
To meditate: “Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether “(Song of Solomon 2:17).