Under God's Umbrella

For it is You who blesses the righteous [wo]man, O LORD,
You surround [her] with favor as with a shield (Ps 5:12NASB 95 emphasis added)

With Doreen Hanna, coauthor (with me) of Raising a Modern Day Princess, I stepped out of the evening meeting at the International Christian Retail Show. The sky seemed a little foreboding, but it was just a few blocks back to our hotel, so we thought a nice evening walk would be a lovely treat. However, about halfway to our goal, the skies opened and harsh, cold, wet torrential rain poured down! We looked for a shield from the downpour. We wished we had brought an umbrella. Under an umbrella, we would have been safe from the storm, yet still able to navigate forward to our destination.

Our spiritual life is the same. According to Psalms 5:12, God promises a surrounding shield, his favor, to those that are righteous. This promise is echoed in these verses as well:

  • Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. (Psalm 125:4 NIV2011).
  • My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart (Psalm 7:10 NIV2011).
  • May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you (Psalm 25:21 NIV2011).
  • Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering (Psalm 26:1 NASB95).
  • Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever (Psalm 41:12 NIV2011).
  • He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones (Proverbs 2:7 – 8 NIV 1984).
  • Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out(Proverbs 10:9 NIV 2011).
  • The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity (Proverbs 11:3 NIV 2011).

So what do words like integrity, upright, and blameless mean?

Integrity: to be perfect, completeness, integrity.

Upright: straight (as opposed to crooked) and morally innocent and proper according to a standard.[1]

Blameless: innocent … condition of moral goodness, with a focus of being guiltless and not liable for sin or wrong.[2]

Your choice to be blameless and to walk upright with integrity secures your place under God’s “umbrella.” Are there any areas you have been cutting corners that might move you out into the storm of the world’s values?

If you do not own an umbrella (or if yours is boring black), buy one, a memorable one — fuchsia, lime green, rainbow stripped, or polka-​​dotted — something vivid to remind you that the best place to live is under God’s umbrella of favor.

 


[1]  Swanson, J. Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Hebrew (Old Testament) (electronic edition). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997.

[2]  Ibid.

Pam Farrel

About Pam Farrel

Pam is the author of over 35 books, including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, Devotions for Women on the Go, 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make, Woman of Influence, and LOL with God: Messages of Humor […]

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Comments

  1. My umbrella has geometric designs of black & white. No matter what messages the world bombards me with, as a woman…Gods truths ARE black & white. He is the Light, the truth and my protector. His words are a lamp to my feet as a mother, a wife, a friend and a sister. While the hail falls, and I grow weary at times…I know that He is my shield. My arm holds my black & white umbrella forever steady and clinched because my faith lies in Him and His promises for good in my life. "He that has begun a good thing…"

  2. Every one of those promises causes me to quake, "Yeah, but…" My conscience accuses me that I fall short of the perfection required to receive the blessings. But then my Savior shows his wounds and says, "Her sins are mine, my perfections hers." My place under the umbrella was earned by another. What joy!

    • nice thought!

    • Kimm Edstrom Crandall says:

      I'm so thankful that when I fail to walk upright with integrity that I have Christ's perfect record which has secured me under God's umbrella. I could not take another step forward if I didn't believe the promise that He continually covers me.

  3. Thanks for your personal feedback!

  4. Pam,
    LOVE how you make your post not only poignant but practical! I'm heading out to buy a beautiful bright umbrella tomorrow!

    "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."

    It's all about abiding, isn't it? :-)

  5. Pam, I have loved your writings for so many years. Oh how I wish I was with you all at ICRS. What a brilliant reminder to unfold the covering of God every single day of our life. In June 2011, I freefalled for the first time and when the parachute opened, I immediately felt the covering presence of God! Many blessings on YOU!

  6. Kathy Moore Hansen says:

    Wow! I'm walking in a storm right now and those verses are SOOO encouraging…I printed them out and will keep them in my car so I can look at them when I think I might want to jump off Integrity Highway!

  7. Ah, I have a great umbrella with tweety birds all over it…I will now have a good story about God's covering and living with integrity the next time I open that umbrella with my kids!

  8. Susie DePaul says:

    The weather in NY is like life, unpredictable, so many New Yorkers always carry a small umbrella with them every day. I'm also loving that my FACEBOOK photo has an umbrella covering me and Ron. I am so thankful that God is so good and covers us with his protection in every storm. Words Well Written. Thanks for sharing.

    • love the pix of you and hubby under umbrella! Good reminder to move marriage under God's care– something all we women can do with prayer– you are wonderful!

  9. Renee Fisher says:

    Pam Farrel — that's great. Living in Southern California can make it seem as if it never rains, but what a great word picture of how God is over us :)

  10. Dawn Marie Wilson says:

    Great, practical, motivating. Thanks for reminding us about the Ultimate Umbrella, our precious Lord. (By the way, I have nine colorful umbrellas… a bit of an obsession, I think… but plenty of opportunities to remember this truth!)

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