“He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling–even the LORD, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” —Psalm 91 (NIV)
Different, and Difficult Times
To say we are living in unprecedented times may might be an understatement. We adapt to one thing and following close behind comes another unsettling event. Everywhere we turn, someone has an opinion, a solution or criticism about the current state of the nation.
It’s exhausting, but as believers we have a refuge where we can escape the turmoil. Psalm 91 is a beloved passage that has been used by Christians throughout the ages when they found themselves in a time of crisis. This psalm speaks of the Most High God as our refuge.
There is none greater, nor any higher authority than our God. According to the psalmist, when we run to Him, we find refuge, safety, rescue and protection from every disease. God’s faithful promises are our armor and protection. What a beautiful promise and so consistent with the passage in Ephesians 6 that talks about putting on the full armor of God.
This particular Psalm also demonstrates the free will of man. God never forces us to do what He says. He gives us a choice. Verse 9 says, “If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.”
We choose what God is offering and He acts on His promise. There’s more. Psalm says many more wonderful things about God’s protection and His presence. If ever there was a time we need God, it is now! We often listen to dozens of others before we remember that there is only One that needs to be heard—God.
He has long been in the business of watching over His children through whatever troubles come along. The Psalm ends with, “…I will rescue those who love me…who trust in My name… I will reward them with a long life and give them My salvation.” We have a refuge waiting for us if we will just run to Him.