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"Under the shadow of the Almighty." This is an expression which implies great nearness. We must walk very close to a companion, if we would have his shadow fall on us. Can we imagine any expression more perfect in describing the constant presence of God with His chosen ones, than thisthey shall "abide under His shadow"?
In Solomons beautiful allegory, the Church in a time of special communion with Christ, says of Him"I sat down under his shadow with great delight" (Song of Solomon 2:3)"sat down," desiring not to leave it, but to abide there for ever. And it is he who chooses to dwell in the secret place of the most High, who shall "abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
There is a condition and a promise attached to it. The condition is that we "dwell in the secret place,"the promise, that if we do so we "shall abide under the shadow." It is of importance to view it thus. When we remember the blessing is a promised blessing, we are led to feel it is a gift, a thing therefore to be prayed for in faith, as well as sought for by Gods appointed means.
Ah, the hopes that this awakens! My wandering, wavering, unstable heart that of itself cannot keep to one course two days together, is to seek its perseverance from God, and not in its own strength. He will hold it to him if it be but seeking for steadfastness. It is not we who cling to Him. It is He who keeps near to us.
From The Treasury of David.