Day 14: Psalm 91
Ahhh Psalm 91 I think is my favourite. I am sure many are familiar with it but why not take a moment to read through it again. Hebrew tradition says that this psalm was written by Moses but in fact I think anyone of us could have written it. I am sure that you will have experienced the power described in Psalm 91 many times on your Christian Journey, as have I.
Psalm 91 is often known as the 911 verse as it is the go-to verse in times of fear, sadness, or an emergency. However, I am going to rename it as the ‘Giant hug’ of all hugs.
During this time, we are all in need of a ‘giant hug’ even the non-huggers are feeling it now. I have come to this verse many times with heartache, tears streaming down my face and the deepest sadness I have ever faced. I have sat in his shadow and received his protection and peace from this ‘giant hug’. This is my prayer for you too.
A ‘giant hug’ offers us support, comfort, safety, protection, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, which is precisely what is described in Psalm 91. Whatever troubles we face today, God is our place of refuge – we seek him. He is our safe place. This Psalm is a reminder that he is always with us and we never walk alone.
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 refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”.
Sometimes there are insufficient words (even for me) because what we go through hurts beyond words, but we can rest in God’s presence and he will provide us with a shadow of protection. He will give us rest, provide us with peace, we will rise strong even in the crazy messiness of life and he will reassure us that He is in control. Giving us that ‘giant hug’.
If that was not powerful enough….
there is more…Psalm 91 does not end there. It is filled with so much of God’s promise and His power.
God will rescue us…. (deliver, cause to escape)
God will protect us…(set him on a high place)
God will answer us… (respond to, speak)
God will be with us in times trouble… (in afflictions, in distress)
God will deliver us… (rescue, to bring into safety)
God will honour us… (to make rich, strong, heavy with honour)
With long life will I satisfy him… (to have abundance in the journey)
and show him my salvation….. (let him see my deliverance & victory)
This does not say we won’t face hard times, however it is a reminder that we don’t need to magnify that worry (Matthew 6:25-34, “Don’t worry.”) as God is with us in these times and if we magnify him the worry will always be less.
Church, why not make this Psalm your go to verse for that ‘giant hug’? Why not spend 10 minutes this week sitting in God’s shadow and resting in his presence. Let his stillness and peace wash over you. Read this Psalm and remind yourself that He is in control. This will profoundly change your moment, day, week, month, year, and life (it has for me).