“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” vs. 4
The song, Eagle’s Wings, is a favorite for many and we often hear it sung as a vocal solo during worship services as a comforting reminder of Psalm 91. The chorus then picks up this little verse from Exodus and uses it to provide an image of a rescuing and saving God. For Israel, God was like an eagle, powerful and majestic, and they had been snatched out of slavery in Egypt and carried to freedom while riding on God’s wings. The only thing they had to do was hang on tight and enjoy the ride. They had been rescued purely because God loved them and was not content that they continue living in bondage. Their freedom had been a gift…we would call it pure grace. Sometimes we’re a little surprised to see such grace in the Hebrew scriptures. We tend to think of it as purely a Christian notion, more a New Testament thing. But in truth, this is how God has always acted…it’s perfectly in line with the steadfast love that is at the core of God’s being. God comes to us in our moments of sadness and sorrow, raises us up as an eagle bears its young on its pinions, and gracefully carries us home. In the words of the song, we are borne on the breath of dawn and made to shine like the sun before ultimately resting in the palm of God’s hand.
Thought for the Day: Why does On Eagle’s Wings touch our hearts?