None of us really understand what is going on in the world right now. As Christians, we may come up with our own opinions and ideas, but we don’t really have the answer or the solution.
What I do know is that God’s Word is true, and trusting in what God says to us in the Bible is the answer to our uncertainties and fears. Taking hold of Psalm 91 is about the best we can do as we ride out these perilous days—days that have obviously slipped out of our range of control.
This Psalm tells us what God will do for us, what He will be to us, and why He will protect us. It specifies what He will protect us from and where we will be during dangerous times. Psalm 91 also reveals who God will send to come to our rescue and where we will end up.
What will God do for us? He will deliver us from snares and from the deadly pestilence. He will take away our fears as He covers us with His wings of safety. Though thousands may fall all around us, destruction will not come near to us. No evil will be allowed to befall us and no plague will come near our homes. God will be with us in trouble and will rescue, protect, and deliver us. He will listen to and answer our prayers.
What will God be to us? He will be our refuge and our fortress, the one in whom we can safely trust. He will be our dwelling place and our guardian, deliverer, and protector. God is the faithful one and He is our shield.
Why will He protect us? This Psalm tells us that because we dwell in the shelter of the Most High and have made Him our dwelling place, no plague will come near us. Because we hold fast to God in love, He will deliver us. He will protect us because we know His name. Of course, it is because of Christ that we can be in this kind of relationship with God.
What will He protect us from? God will protect us from evil, deadly pestilence, plague, and danger. Both day and night, He will deliver us from fear and terror. He will keep us from stumbling and allow us to trample danger under our feet.
Where will we be during dangerous times? Psalm 91 tells us that we will be in a place of safety—in the shelter and shadow of the Almighty. We will be safely nestled under His wings, inside the strong fortress of our God. We will face danger behind the shield of His faithfulness. Although our eyes will see the effects of what is going on all around us—thousands falling—it will not come near us. Instead, we will be found holding tightly to God in love.
Who will God send to come to our rescue? He will command His angels concerning us, sending them to guard us in all our ways. He tells us that these angelic beings will lift us up on their hands to keep us safe. As Christians, we have this assurance because of our salvation through Christ.
Where can we expect to end up after the crisis is over? Psalm 91 assures us that when it’s all said and done, we will be rescued and honored by God. We will be satisfied with long life and God will show us His salvation.
As I not only read Psalm 91, but also meditate on what this beautiful passage of scripture means to me, I am able to have a more accurate perspective of our current world situation. I am able to visualize exactly where I am and most of all, who is in control.
May the comfort, truth, and faithfulness of God’s Word give you hope and peace during these uncertain times!
My Refuge and My Fortress
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.”