The battle still rages. The more technology advances it seems the easier it is to be exposed to what Paul called “the works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19). If we do not keep our eyes on Jesus we will sink beneath the waves of these attacks, just as Peter sank into the sea when he took his eyes off of Jesus (Matthew 14:30). Psalm 91 is a great reminder of God’s promises, of how He will take care of us, and how He is and can be our shelter and refuge.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” (Psalm 91:1-4)
Let us make our true residence “the shelter of the Most High” for we know that we are citizens of heaven. (Philippians 1:27) When we do so, we will “find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Sometimes we make our spouse our safe place or our home or man-cave or golf course or coffee shop or hardware store or social media site, our refuge. We can get our feeling of security from some wrong places sometimes but the Lord is the only one who can rescue us from every trap and protect us completely. Verse 4 calls God’s promises our armor and protection. If you want to be protected, to feel protected, lean on God’s promises. Hold close to those scriptures that remind us of who God says we are.
Verses 5-8 are filled with striking visual imagery. The writer of the psalm continues by telling us we do not need to be afraid of “the terrors of the night,” “arrows that fly during the day,” or “diseases that stalk in darkness.” Have you ever lain awake, unable to sleep because of some trouble or worry that plagues your mind? We’ve all experienced some terrors of the night but we do not need to fear them. We don’t need to fear the unknown or attacks that may come at us. Verse 7 says that even though tens of thousands die around you, these evils will not touch you. Even though others are attacked or fearful or tell you that you should be worried, you put your faith in God alone.
“Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.” (Psalm 91:8)
Verses 9-13 expand on these truths, that if we make the Lord our refuge and shelter no evil will conquer us and no plague will come near our homes (Psalm 91:9-10). The writer tells us that God will send His angels to protect us wherever we go. The psalm finishes with promises directly from the Lord:
“The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.’” (Psalm 91:14-15)
Notice that the Lord promises to be with us in trouble—not that we won’t have any trouble. Remember the words of Jesus to his disciples in the upper room before his betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion: “‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’” (John 16:33)
Trouble is promised but God promises again and again to be with us in trouble, to rescue us and honor us. The psalm ends with the greatest promise and gift of all:
“I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” (Psalm 91:16)
That salvation is available to everyone. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). Love the Lord, trust in His name, and call on Him today.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.