Under His wings you will find refuge.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my fortress, my God in whom I trust’…and under His wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:1-2, 4)
Every Englishman’s home is his castle, or so the saying goes. For many of us, our homes may be feeling more like prisons at the moment. Something like a quarter of the world’s population is now confined to their homes. Yet very few of us feel safe at this time, and fewer still will find rest.
The place where we really need to shelter is in God’s presence. This psalm promises that those who do so will find rest – the image is of chicks sheltering under the wings of a mother bird (v. 4). Right alongside that metaphor, though, is a more warlike one, God as the fortress and shield behind which we can take refuge (v. 2, 4). In God you can find both rest and refuge.
Of all the threats to human existence listed in Psalm 91: warfare (v. 5), wild animals (v. 13) and disease (v. 3, 6), surely it is the latter that feels most applicable at the moment. Coronavirus is a ‘deadly pestilence’ that ‘stalks in the darkness’ and ‘destroys at midday’. Let’s trust God to save us from this pandemic.
When verse 10 says that ‘no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near’, it’s conditional on verse 9: ‘If you say, “The Lord is my refuge”… Deliverance is dependent on deciding to trust God. If you want God’s help, choose to trust Him.
If you are worried or afraid, tired or afflicted by disease, put your trust in God today. Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world (John 16:33), but God promises to be with us through that trouble. He’s with us now, in this 2020 pandemic, and we can take shelter in Him, just as people have been doing for thousands of years since this psalm was written.
Make God your fortress, the one you turn to. Only He can rescue you, protect you, deliver you and satisfy you (vv. 14-16).
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