Welcome to this week’s Faithfulness Friday!
Since last week’s Faithfulness Friday post, Psalm 90, A Psalm of Death, I noticed people in the on-line world examining Psalm 91 more intently. Psalm 91 is identified in some commentaries as the Psalm of Life. As we saw last week, there is much about life in the 90th Psalm, too.
While in these weeks of an altered life, staying home in seclusion and hopefully protected from the spread of Covid-19, we get so much encouragement from the psalms. Psalm 91 provides comfort, revealing God’s protection for His children when encountering the dangers of life.
This psalm also reveals the coming Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ who has already come and lives in the hearts of believers in Him.
I can’t help but ponder the fact that everyone is suddenly thrust into a tough season right now. Although harder for some than others, I feel a kinship with all who adjust to “giving up their usual life”. I understand and can relate completely.
Verse one of Psalm 91 speaks to those in close relationship with the Lord. When in continual commune with God, we are under His shelter. If you have turned to the Lord more closely during this time, you feel His shelter. His love. His grace.The Most High ... the Almighty ... is the all-sufficient God who is supreme for handling any and every situation. Psalm 91 reminds us over and over again that we can trust the Lord in troubling times. He is faithful. Click To Tweet
I recommend reading Psalm 91 slowly, allowing for pauses with the following verses added for further development of meaning and impact.
Along with verse one:
But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat.
To companion verse two:
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I realy want in life.’
To support verse three:
They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
(2 Chronicles 20:9)
With verse four:
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by.
Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
Read along with verses five and six:
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
From six disasters he will rescue you; even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil. He will save you from death in time of famine, from the power of the sword in time of war. You will be safe from slander and have no fear when destruction comes. You will laugh at destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you. (Job 5:19-22)
Verse eight can be paired with:
Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.
After reading verse ten:
No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Read also this verse from Psalms 34 with the eleventh verse of Psalm 91:
For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
Companion this with verse thirteen:
The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.
After reading verse fifteen, read also:
Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. . . .”
(1 Samuel 3:30)
. . . and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Do you find it hard to be joyful right now when things are so uncertain?
You will find relief from praising God for Who He Is! Also, praise the Lord for protecting you and your loved ones from danger. There is power in praising the Lord in advance of all danger!
Because He lives, we can face tomorrow~