Grok is a little used verb that means: “to understand thoroughly and intuitively”; or “to communicate sympathetically.” The word was invented by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land written in 1961.
The author of Psalm 91 groked God’s protective nature towards His children.
Psalm 91:1,3,4—The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty . . . He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
While looking with some friends at a home for sale in Bend, Oregon, we came across a Northern Harrier Hawk standing on the western corner of the deck. Quickly we realized that the four-foot glass siding that framed the deck fooled the raptor. All the young hawk had to do was move out into the open and he could have flown away. Instead he kept walking into the glass confused by his ability to see yet not see. When I walked over to try and get him to move in a helpful direction, he fearfully raised his wings as if to say “Back off!” Eventually, a raptor team came and rescued him unharmed and surely happy to be liberated.
How often do we think we can see the way ahead only to run into some frustrating barrier? Good weather disappears before violent winds bringing hail that destroys the summer crop and lightning that kills a father. A car without warning crashes into an unsuspecting driver. Identity is stolen and the bank account is robbed. A black widow sits on a mother’s doorstep threatening the safety of her child and raising spider lodging questions.
The path to gaining God’s protection and overcoming our fears is intimacy. “Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows My name” (vs. 14). Devotion builds perceptive understanding. Our fear of peril or pestilence dissolves because we are covered by His feathers. To grok our Father is to be tremble-free and angel-protected! He will get us past the glass to salvation.
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)