A Season of Psalms - Psalm 91:3-6
“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017. A Category 4 hurricane, it dumped 51 inches of rain over a 4-day period. Streets remained flooded for weeks after the storm dissipated. Friends of mine in Houston who faced a lengthy rebuilding process after the storm are just now moving back into their flood-ravaged homes. Our family hunkered down and weathered the storm, fortunate to escape with only cosmetic damage. During the sleepless nights and the uncertainty of those long days, we offered frequent prayers of protection to the Lord. Psalm 91 was one of those prayers.
Metaphors for protection pervade Psalm 91. God is compared to a shelter, a shadow for His people. He is a refuge and a fortress. On the basis of His power and protection, God will act to intervene and rescue His people from their predicament. He will cover us with his pinions, the outermost edges of His wings, stretching them as far as they will go to enfold us and drawing us closer to Him. When we’re in the shelter of the Lord, there is no cause for fear or alarm. He’s given His angels charge over us. Even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we realize that God is enough to carry us through our toils and snares. He is our trust, and we can trade our fear for faith in Him. How? By abiding, trusting, and finding our rest in Him.
Hear the words of the hymn “God Will Take Care of You”: No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you. Lean, weary one, upon His breast; God will take care of you. God will take care of you, Thro’ every day, o’er all the way. He will take care of you; God will take care of you.” He’s our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come, our Guide while life shall last…and our eternal Home!
Further Reading: Isaiah 51:12-16; Matthew 11:25-30
Pray with me this prayer of Saint Augustine:
Father, You stir man to take pleasure in praising You, because You have made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.