The heat here in recent weeks has been brutal. The sun beats down on the head. I’ve used it recently, so I guess it’s meaningful to me, when there are days that it’s hard to breathe, the skin is clammy, the body lacks energy. To speak of the wings of God providing shade and shelter is a wonderful relief to the heart.
How precious is your loyal love, O God! The human race finds shelter under your wings (Psa. 36:7 NET).
That wing of shelter serves as a metaphor, it appears, for protection from enemies. Here’s the NASV Study Bible, on “shadow” in Psa. 17:8:
A conventional Hebrew metaphor for protection against oppression — as shade protects from the oppressive heat of the hot desert sun. Kings were spoken of as the “shade” of those dependent on them for protection (as in Num 14:9, “protection” — lit. “shade”; Lam 4:20; Ezek 31:6, 12, 17). Similarly, the Lord is the protective “shade” of his people (see 91:1; 121: 5; Is 25:4; 49:2; 51:16).
And on the word “wings,” in the same entry it says is a “[m]etaphor for the protective outreach of God’s power …”
I have known that protection as well.