When I was in high school, I was challenged to memorize Psalm 91. I’m thankful I took the challenge because every part of this chapter became a grasping verse every time I need help, especially when I was in college. I was studying in the Philippines while my parents were working abroad. I had to hold on to someone greater than me, someone to help me whenever I’m afraid, lost, or in need of guidance. I found this chapter as God’s sweet promise for those who takes refuge in him. For those who acknowledge him as God. Until now, these verses resonate through me. Read on and may it help you through your tough times. =)
Psalm 91: My Refuge and My Fortress
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
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 look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
I keep on reading this chapter over the years and its meaning just deepens more and more. It’s God’s covenant, his promise to those who trusts in him.
It’s like a vow one makes during a wedding. =) Just imagine God saying this to you once you give your full commitment to him:
I will protect you
I will deliver you
I will be with you in trouble
Whenever you feel you need help, remember that this is God’s promise to those who make him as his dwelling place. =)
Maybe you need help right now or someone to deliver you out of the mess you’ve got into. God’s promise never change from the ancient of days until now. If you run to him as your refuge, as your dwelling place, he will be true to his word and rescue you. You can make that decision now. =) Make him your shelter, a dwelling place in times of trouble. =) Enjoy his promises and enjoy the freedom he gives.
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