Devotions Based on Hymns from Glory to God and Their Scriptural Allusions
READ: Ruth 2:12
May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord; the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.
In Chapter 2 of the Old Testament book of Ruth, the identity of the young woman becomes known to Boaz. With Naomi’s permission, Ruth had gone to glean the fields and had located Boaz’s property. Boaz looks after Ruth’s welfare as Ruth had cared for Naomi.
Boaz learned that the young woman had requested permission to glean the field. He also learned how diligently she worked from morning to late in the day. Boaz admonished Ruth to remain in his field and to stay close to the young women. He had ordered the young men not to bother Ruth. If Ruth became thirsty, she was to go to the jars already filled with water. Upon learning of Boaz’s interest in her and protection of her, Ruth desires to know “Why?”
Boaz tells Ruth how he has learned of all the kindnesses she has shown Naomi since her husband died. He learns how she left her own family behind to stay with Naomi. He hopes her reward will be great in heaven. Boaz describes Ruth as looking for shelter under the Almighty’s wing. We see this scriptural allusion in Jesus, Lover of My Soul, particularly verse 2.
Other refuge have I none; hangs my helpless soul on thee. Leave, ah, leave me not alone; still support and comfort me. All my trust on thee is stayed; all my help from thee I bring. Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing.
Creator God, we have seen how an adult bird will shelter a younger bird under its wing and we thank You for this sign of caring and compassion in the animal world, We thank You for opportunities to shelter others under our wings, figuratively speaking … giving a shoulder to lean upon, a listening ear and encouraging words to speak. Help us care for the young, the elderly and others, especially vulnerable. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.