Under His Wings

When I was a child, we attended church. There were many things I enjoyed there. I had friends. We attended some of the same activities and we had a lot of fun. When I was a young  teen, I was also a member of the Junior Choir. 

One of the things I didn’t like about church was some of the hymns that they sang. You see, as a child, I judged the hymn by its tempo and not its message. One of those hymns that didn’t make the cut on my youthful list was Under His Wings. Every time that song was selected, I’d say, “Not again!” I didn’t know that these hymns came out of a crisis in the life of the writer. That hymn was the story of how they found comfort in their time of distress.

Under His Wings was written by William Orcutt Cushing. He was a minister of the gospel who lost his voice and had to retire from preaching. As a result, God opened a new door of ministry; he began to write hymns. It is said, when his wife died, he wrote this hymn based on Psalm 17:8 NKJV. “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.” 

A few years ago, I needed surgery; as I sat waiting to go to the operating room, my husband and I began to sing Under His Wings. I was not concerned about the tempo; I needed reassurance and that song was a great comfort. Unfortunately, many of our churches are forgetting the hymns of the faith and opting totally for contemporary music. I love contemporary but I believe we need to strike a balance. There is a place for Under His Wings alongside Peace from the album Rejoice Africa in our churches and personal lives.

Thought for Today: Friend, you can find peace under His wings.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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