There are certain things we all just kinda know about God. It’s a different step, however, going from knowing something, to believing it. Then again, there’s a difference when we go from believing something, to allowing it to become a source of faith and strength for our lives.
When reading the Bible chronologically, Psalm 91 is suggested to be read immediately after Deuteronomy. Doing so, places these thoughts just after the death of Moses, because they’re attributed to him. These sentiments are staples of our faith. They’re responsible for restoring the confidence of countless believers, even leaders who feel their call has taken them through hell on earth. The irony is that this confidence is expressed by one whom arguably walked through the driest, most desperate years of service to God (both literally and figuratively). Still, he knew his source of hope and strength.
Psalm 91 was part of my reading this morning. These words aren’t new to me. Yet, somehow, the life they speak is new, refreshing and right-on-time, every time.
1. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
. will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2. This I declare about the Lord:
. He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
. he is my God, and I trust him.
3. For he will rescue you from every trap
. and protect you from deadly disease.
4. He will cover you with his feathers.
. He will shelter you with his wings.
. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
. nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
. nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7. Though a thousand fall at your side,
. though ten thousand are dying around you,
. these evils will not touch you.
8. Just open your eyes,
. and see how the wicked are punished.
9. If you make the Lord your refuge,
. if you make the Most High your shelter,
10. no evil will conquer you;
. no plague will come near your home.
11. For he will order his angels
. to protect you wherever you go.
12. They will hold you up with their hands
. so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13. You will trample upon lions and cobras;
. you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14. The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15. When they call on me, I will answer;
. I will be with them in trouble.
. I will rescue and honor them.
16. I will reward them with a long life
. and give them my salvation.”