A recent Bible reading from a popular app was from the 91st Psalm.
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. – Psalms 91:1-2
To tell you all the truth, I have been struggling of late. A bunch of issues have been piling up in my life, some bigger than others, and it is wearing me down. This is rare territory for me because I am typically able to navigate these kinds of things pretty well. I am typically the one that is able to point to God’s promises through anything. This time it’s impacting me differently.
The verse really spoke to me. The imagery of Psalm 91 is that of a mother eagle covering her young in their mountain aerie. While you are in the Lord’s presence – reading the Bible, praying, fasting or meditating – you are resting in His shadow. At some point, you become encouraged enough to leave the nest and stretch your wings throughout your day.
The Psalmist then goes on to list out some troubles that might occur outside the Lord’s nest. Traps, disease, fear, physical attacks and disasters might occur, but we can always remember the sweet promises He made us as we took flight or even flee back to His nest and protection.
This Psalm is so comforting for me because I know that I can’t exist in His presence all day – I have to engage the world. I will make mistakes. I will fail to trust and become full of fear and worry. But, if I choose to live in the shelter of the Most High, I will be protected.
So does this mean that if I put my faith and trust in God, that I will never come to harm, never become sick, never be injured or killed? No, It does not mean that. We will experience troubles in this world – Jesus promised this explicitly.
33 “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
The most important part of Psalm 91 is exactly what Jesus is saying in John 16. As believers, we can have peace because the Lord protects our spirit in this world. The Psalmist says that if we place our faith and trust in the Lord, He will send vast armies of angels to hold up our spirit. We will be able to trample and crush evil regimes, satan and his minions (Lions and Leaders) under our faithful and fruitful feet.
It is a world full of evil where not one is righteous, but if we choose to trust in the Lord and live in His presence, He will protect us and give us salvation.
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.” Psalm 91:14-16
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