He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
I remember the anticipation of summer school trips, which for working class kids from the mining villages was the highlight of the year. We would turn up with no school bag but with a pound (or two if you were lucky) for spending. One year we went to Blair Drummond Safari Park, what a day that was! On the way home the buses took a detour to see the Meikleour Beech Hedge. This huge green wall is the longest hedge in Britain and the highest of its kind in the world. Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world, it was planted in 1745 and is one third of a mile long (530 m) and 100 ft (30 m) high. This memory came back as I was thinking of being in “the shelter of the Most High” from today’s scripture, which also reminded me of satan complaint to God regarding Job: “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.” (Job 1:10).
If the hedge that God had around Job was a physical one I am sure it would not be too dissimilar to the Meikleour Hedge. In Psalm 91:2 it is a fortress, and in Psalm 3:3 it is a shield around His child. Whatever image you see for His protection it is impregnable, no work of the enemy can breach its defences.
Dear reader, this is the solid assurance we stand behind every day. As children of Almighty God and siblings to Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, we can be confident in all that life throws at us. Our Father has us hedged in, under His shadow!