Read Psalm 91:1-16
Perhaps you’re like me and you read this Psalm and can’t help but focus on the problems it prevents rather than the promises God gives. It’s hard to know what to do with all the people mentioned in this Psalm who trusted God but suffered. How do we reconcile these sixteen verses with people like the Christian martyrs throughout the Scriptures and throughout the ages? And how do we know but what our paths may lead me through trouble?
Can we really count on what we read here?
Of course, the answer is a thousand times “yes.” Bible commentator Bob Deffinbaugh describes a person who experienced great peace as a result of these verses. He writes this:
“She found comfort in Psalm 91. Not because it promised her a long, trouble-free life on this present earth, but because it assured her that in Christ she would escape the wrath of God. In this life, she did not need to fear danger or even death, for He will raise her from death to eternal life, in His presence, free from pain and sickness and sorrow. That was her hope, and thus we can rejoice in her sufferings and death.” https://bible.org/seriespage/god-protector-psalm-91
Let me encourage you to do what I needed to do. Turn your attention as quickly as you can from the apparent problems to the incredible promises of Psalm 91.
- Focus on the Most High who shelters you from harm.
- Turn your attention to the Almighty whose shadow protects you from the blazing heat.
- Train your thoughts on the Guide who points out the trapper’s snare.
- Rest in the fact that the wings of the God of Heaven protect you as one of His little hatchlings.
- Find peace in knowing that angels guard you and that neither lions nor cobras need to cause you fear.
- In peace, you can call upon Him and be assured of His answer.
- Be comforted in knowing that He will be with you in trouble.
We can breathe a deep sigh as we acknowledge with the apostle Paul that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38, 39).