Discover His heart: He will rescue and protect all those who love and trust Him
If we’re looking for a Social Security program that won’t run out of money and a Healthcare Plan that doesn’t need to be funded by anyone, then Psalm 91 has the perfect plan. It provides a beautiful place to live, Homeland Security, invisible protection shields, ideal healthcare and a 24/7 emergency service. No government funding, no tax increases and no endless paperwork! It may sound too good to be true…but it’s really true!
@ Psalm 91
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” (1-2) And I trust Him. Some might consider this phrase the little glitch in our security plan, but clearly, we have to trust the One we’re living with!
His shelter for us is not a place He intends for us to visit now and then. No, He wants us to live there, where the Shadow of His presence covers us as we rest. He can be trusted. Some days when troubles are thrown at me from all sides, I say right out loud David’s short declaration in Psalm 130:5, “I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.” My pronouncement resounds in my own ears as well as throughout heaven and says that I am trusting in Him. We have to trust the One we’re living with!
“For He will rescue from every trap and protect you from deadly disease…Do not be afraid of terrors of the night…Do not dread disease or disasters…though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you…He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.” (3-11) When reading this Psalm, we want to believe that we will never face any troubles, disease or persecution, but because we know godly people who have suffered in this way, we may be tempted to doubt its truth. If this is true, then why did this or that happen to someone we know? What kind of security and health plan is this, anyway?
Verses 14-15 give God’s response in the matter, “The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.’” There wouldn’t be the need for a promise of rescue or protection if it were impossible for us to face troubles or sickness. As always, the if clause is present in His promise – He will rescue and protect those who love Him and trust Him. And He adds that if we find ourselves in trouble, all we have to do is call on Him, and He will rescue us.
Well, I, for one, am going to run with that! The One who knows our past, our present and our future leads us on His path where He protects and rescues us when needed and even sends angels, our invisible protection shields, to accomplish this. While evil would like to conquer us, only God will control our destiny. We may not understand our situation, but He does and will use that situation in ways we may never understand and touch lives that would not be reached any other way. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
This is the unshakeable, undeniable truth of Psalm 91 that is not affected by governmental control, financial meltdowns or attacks by our enemy: When we make the Lord our dwelling place, our refuge, and when we love and trust Him, we can live without fear. If we face troubles and sickness, we can call on Him to rescue us, and we know He will be with us. The answering, the rescuing and the healing are in His hands, and He can be trusted to do what is best for us. I’m good with that. I promise you, Congress will never come up with anything better!
Moving Forward: Sheltered, protected and rescued according to what is best for me no matter where I go today or what comes my way – only He could provide a plan like that!
Tomorrow @ Proverbs 14-15