A Shadow of Protection

Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.
PSALM 17:8
A Shadow of Protection
The shadow of Thy wings in a mystical sense is faith in Christ, which in this life is mysterious and shadowy. But the wings of Christ are His hands stretched out on the cross. For just as the body of Christ on the cross produces a shadow, so it casts a spiritual shadow on the soul, namely, faith in His cross, under which every saint is protected. Second, the shadow of the wings is the protection and watch of the holy angels or of contemplative men, who are the wings of God, for in them He soars and dwells in affectionate and encaptured minds. Third, the shadow of the wings is the learning of Scriptures, in which there is rest for those who devote themselves to this learning.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 17 (Luther's Works 10:111)
March 3
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