This comforting poem was one of the first of my Christian poems based on Psalm 91 verses 1-4. I wrote it after hearing a sermon on Psalm 91, at the church I was attending regularly at the time. I also wrote another poem, soon after, titled God Protects From Enemy Attacks based on Psalm 91 verses 5-13. I love how the feature image I chose shows the chicks total hidden under the mother hens’ feathers. It took me some time to choose the backing tune for this poem, as I wanted it to reflect the movement of chickens, and eventually, I found this staccato plucking tune. Beverley Joy
When we run to God for protection
He will cover us with His love
Like a mother hen that spreads her wings
To cover her defenceless chicks.
The mother hen’s wings not only protect
When her chicks cry out to her for help
But she calls them to “Come quick and hide”
When she foresees danger and strife.
As well as keeping her baby chicks safe
She is ready to fight off enemy attacks
She cherishes them and keeps them warm
From the bleak winter cold and storms.
God’s gracious love we can compare
To the mother hen’s love for her chicks so dear
God protects and cherishes His beloved
Under His Almighty wings of love.
God’s wings of love are not weak like feathers
But as strong as bulletproof steel armour
Yet as flexible, warm and soft as feathers
To completely encompass and comfort us.
When you feel afraid or feel like easy prey
God invites us to run to Him
History shows how He protects
People who trust and have faith in Him.
Beverley Joy © 2014 of Simply Story Poetry
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The Zondervan NASB Study Bible 1999 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible 1960 Marshall, Morgan & Scott
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