As a hen gathers her chicks under her wings
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
We miss out a lot by not living on farms and being in tune with nature. Watch this video of a mother hen and her chicks. https://vimeo.com/10770397
The psalmist contrasts God’s protection and provision for His children to the wicked who listen to sins’ whisperings (36:1), lying awake on their beds as they plot new evil. Righteousness versus wretchedness is starkly shown in this psalm.
The other night we watched about Bernie Madoff who stole $50 billion from others and the anger and betrayal so many felt and the utter hatred for him. Not just for the loss of money, but his own son committed suicide, exactly two years to the very minute from the time he found out about his father’s betrayal.
If we focus on the wicked, we will get discouraged. David pleads with the reader not to envy the wicked. Instead, imitate God’s goodness, seen in the protective care of a mother hen’s wings, in God’s care of animal and humanity alike, in the rivers of God’s pleasure (36:6-8).