Psalms 91:1 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” NASU
I do not mean to disparage E.J. Rollings old gospel song, “Standing Somewhere in the Shadows.” But I do believe that it begs the question, “Is Jesus in the shadows or is He casting the shadow?” The song has some tremendous words and meaning and when we come to the chorus we find:
“Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus,
He’s the Friend who always cares and understands.
Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him,
And you’ll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.”
Truly, Jesus is the friend who always cares and understands and the one who paid the supreme sacrifice on the Cross for our salvation. Yet, too often people are looking for Him in the shadows when He is the one casting the shadow and instead of drifting into the shadows to find Him we should realize as Psalms 91 declares that we ‘abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ He is the one causing the shadow.
I think I understand E.J. Rollings intent and it is good but I wonder how many misinterpret the song and life with an image of our Lord as being somewhere just out of sight and reach when He is the brightness of the noonday sun and His presence casts a long shadow over us. In that closeness to Him, we are safe and secure knowing that His outstretched arm affords us protection. His presence affords us peace. His nearness testifies of His greatness and as we walk near Him all fear is banished from our hearts.
So instead of looking for Jesus in the ‘shadows’ realize that He is ‘casting the shadow’ and He is so near that we can reach out and touch Him. He walks beside us. He walks in us. He is nearer than our breath and in that presence, all shadows are banished and all fear is repelled. Know that if we ‘call’ He will ‘answer.’ Know that He will ‘never’ leave us ‘nor’ forsake us. Know that His promises are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen.’ Know that you cannot walk without Jesus. Know that you cannot escape His presence for as the Psalmist said, “If I ascend to the heavens or make my bed in hell YOU ARE THERE!”
May the nearness of God be so real to you today that you develop a new and renewed confidence and boldness! God bless you as you go through your day!