Psalm 36:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 36:7, NIV: How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:7, ESV: How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:7, KJV: How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalm 36:7, NASB: How precious is Your mercy, God! And the sons of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 36:7, NLT: How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:7, CSB: How priceless your faithful love is, God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

What does Psalm 36:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As he did in earlier statements (Psalm 36:5), David extols God's loyal love. Just as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings to protect them (Deuteronomy 32:11; Matthew 23:37), David sees God providing protection for His children (Psalm 17:8). All people are called on to take advantage of God's offer of salvation (Psalm 145:18). Other parts of the psalms connect God's protective "wings" with the idea of the "tabernacle," a tent used for worshipping God (Psalm 61:4).

An image which may have been in David's mind was the Most Holy Place in the tabernacle. The Most Holy Place (Exodus 26:33–34) was the sacred place where God's presence settled. A distinctive feature of that location was the ark of the covenant. This object included angelic figures whose wings spread over the "mercy seat" on the ark (Exodus 25:17–22). The ark of the covenant held copies of commandments (Exodus 25:16), and the mercy seat was where the high priest sprinkled blood to atone for Israel's sins (Leviticus 16:14). The cherubim looked upon the mercy seat as if to wonder about the mystery of God's love for sinners which permitted blood to come between God's presence and man's sin (1 Peter 1:12).