Last Blog for Psalm 91
The Book of Psalms is part hymnbook, part prayer book, part wisdom, and part poem. Its subject matter is as vast as the circumstances life brings our way. On one hand, it proclaims praise and prayer for our God Most High (Ps 50:14), on the other, we witness the raw emotion of doubt, even to the point of questioning God and walking away from our faith (Ps 73). Then there are times we are witness to the deepest level of human emotion such as the loss of a mother (Ps. 35:14).
Most of the Old Testament is God talking to people, but what makes the Psalms so compelling is that most of it consists of people talking to God.
Although written thousands of years ago, we can turn to any Psalm, and in one way or another see our own struggles, fears, frustrations, and joys.
Several years ago, I did a funeral at which a soldier took out his pocket New Testament & Psalms and read Psalm 91. He shared how this Bible had literally saved his physical life on the battle field by intercepting a piece of shrapnel from an IED that may have otherwise fatally wounded him. He went on to say that Psalm 91 is among the most popular passages of scripture for soldiers, and that this particular Psalm has saved his spiritual life on numerous occasions throughout his life and service. He was given that very Bible, and introduced to that very Psalm by the senior saint we were there to honor – and he came to say thank you.
This weekend ends or 21 day focus of fasting and prayer – but the journey continues. Throughout the 21 days I have had the privilege of talking with many people about this journey and the struggles we all face in life. I have been reminded that like that soldier mentioned earlier – we are all soldiers fighting the good fight of faith every day for ourselves and our families. The scriptures tell us that the Bible is a weapon God has given us to defeat the enemy in our life. I am sure most of us can look back to a time when the Scripture saved our lives spiritually – and maybe even literally.
So, as I close may I encourage you to read Psalm 91 one more time – and may the promises and power of the Most High guide, strengthen, and protect you from whatever life throws at us for the remainder of 2017.
In HIS service and yours
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”