Thursday, April 2, 2009

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place the Most High, who is my refuge, no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Last night we read this during family devotions and I found it to be very encouraging and insightful in two specific ways.
First, that we can have great peace and ease knowing that Our Father is protecting and always watching over us. We can have no need for fear or anxiety in light of this passage and ones like it.
The Psalms are full of chapters and verses telling of God's protection over our lives.
Secondly, on closer inspection I saw that there is a reason for His protection:

"You will not fear the terror of the night...
the arrow that flies by day...
the pestilence that stalks in darkness...
the destruction that wastes at noonday..."
So, like it says in James 1, "...when you meet trials of various kinds..." Not if but when.

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