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Devotional - week of April 4, 2004


WINGS OF SILVER AND FEATHERS OF GOLD

Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.  Psalm 68:13 (NIV)

Psalm 68:12 speaks of God giving victory to His people over kings and armies—with His people gathering the plunder.

The conquest of kings and people while His people slept showed His people that their victories were from God and not themselves.

Referring to God’s people as His “dove” vividly underlines the same truth—the victories of God’s people in battle were not the result of the power of man but the power of God.

The dove’s wings covered with silver and the feathers of shinning gold illustrate the abundance of the plunder that God’s people take from the battles.

It is not difficult to see in this verse a beautiful picture of God’s people today—those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior and are living out their union with Christ.

They do not go forward with faith in themselves but with faith in God. And time and time again they experience God-sent victories.

Those who receive the filling of the Spirit can appropriately be referred to as doves.

Galatians 5:22 states that the fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. When we are filled with the Spirit Who is symbolized by a dove, we are filled with the same gentleness. In Matthew 10:16 Jesus sent out the twelve to be “… harmless as doves.”

The plunder symbolized by the wings of silver and feathers of shining gold indicates the abundance of the God-given blessings received by those walking in the Spirit.

Those blessings are personal. We have victories over the negatives of our lives and we have the blessings of the many positives of life.

In many different ways God touches others through us when we walk in the Spirit and are available to Him—giving us a sense of meaning and fulfillment in life.