Psalm 91:5-8 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
Disease, violence, tragedy, pain are natural in the ruined state of earth. Good people, die. Trustworthy ones, fall. Yet Scripture states, “These evils will not touch me.”
Is it presumptuous to assume I am above dread and calamity? Who am I to make such declarations when saints have fallen?
Experience does not change the Word.
Isaiah 54:17 But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Many quote, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” The real truth lies in the latter portion of the verse: righteousness is of Me.
To base untouchability on my own efforts is presumptuous. I am misinformed to think confession or ability qualify me above attack.
I can proclaim, “Though ten thousand fall, evil will not touch me,” because my effort is nil. Jesus paid the price on the Cross. My righteousness is in Him. In Christ, no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
So it is not presumptious. It is not haughty or prideful. It is blood bought right.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. I am righteous through the blood, and no terror, disease, or disaster can touch me.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Anyone can make a promise. Not everyone can keep one. But God can.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
According to one person’s count, there are over 3500 promises in the Bible. All those promises are yes. Not maybe or conditional. They are yes and amen, or so be it, in Christ.
Not too many things in life come with a guarantee. Gadgets break, quick fixes fail, and people lie. Yet the God of Ages keeps His promises. Without a doubt. Yes and amen.
Through howling winds and devastating storms, wrap yourself in the feathers of His promises. You and your family are protected. He will bring you through. Hide in the secret place. Father’s got you covered.
Psalm 91:3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
Cancer. Stroke. Heart attack. Meningitis. Leukaemia. Asthma. Diabetes. Swine flu. The list of deadly diseases goes on. If you want to strike fear in the heart of man, mention the possibility of these deadly diseases.
Isaiah 65:23 (CEV) Their work won’t be wasted, and their children won’t die of dreadful diseases. I will bless their children and their grandchildren.
As a mother of young children, there is nothing worse than a sick child. My mother suffered from bronchiectasis from age two to thirty-two. She was not expected to live beyond forty. The sickness caused chronic pain and breathlessness. It was normal for her to cough up blood.
A dreadful disease, but for the healing power of Christ. At a healing crusade in 1984, my mother received healing. She was rescued from the fierce illness of bronchiectasis.
In the five short years of my son’s life, he has been threatened with asthma and pneumonia. Words spoken by doctors sent emotions of fear through my heart. Steadfast, I applied the Word of God: my children are protected from destructive diseases.
To the praise of His grace, all signs of asthma have vanished and pneumonia has never come near his body. The Lord rescued him.
If your life is terrorised by disease, claim God’s promises to you. Faith comes from the Word. Continue to stand.
I give God glory for His preservation of my family thus far, and continue to stand on the promise of protection from disease in the future. The Most High is faithful to rescue and protect.
Psalm 91:2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
Most of the time I feel detached from the world. Australia is a long way from anywhere (just ask anyone who has gotten on a plane to come to Australia) and isolated from world events.
But the planet is getting smaller. News headlines declare that terrorism is on its way to my shore. I thought I was safe. The biggest concern is for my children. As a gen-X-er, I have grown up in the absence of war. Safety came naturally. Will my children enjoy the same comfort?
There are no guarantees. No one knows the future. There is no way to assure safety, unless of course it is promised in the Word.
So you want to be safe no matter what the world brings? Fear God. Carry the cross of obedience. Worship Him as a living sacrifice. It builds confidence, and makes the world secure.
I want my children to live in safety. For them to experience harm is the fear that haunts me most. I cannot watch over them twenty-four-seven. I cannot stop the uncontrollable. What I can do is teach them to fear God, to love and serve Him always. And I can trust. Trust God.
That is my contribution. The Most High does the rest.
Yes, when I fear God, my family and I are safe.
Psalm 91:1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
There is no doubt about it, fear robs rest. Tormented by terror, peace is absent. Worry, stress, and anxiety overwhelm every part of your being. There is no rest.
Hebrews 4:9-11a So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.
God wants His children to be at ease. He rested on the seventh day because sabbath is more than a nice idea, it is the state of being He desires for us. Calm is a practice of godly life.
The key to finding rest is found in Hebrews 4:10. Rest from your labour. Now I do not mean that you don’t have to work, that your livelihood will be miraculously provided for. The Lord grants rest from toil. Respite in place of stress. You do that when you trust – trust God.
God is good. Other belief systems teach there is a little good in bad, and a little bad in good. That is not Biblical. Others teach karma, where a good begets good, however bad deeds lead to bad consequences. Scripture says that the Most High is all good and He works all things together for good. This is why He is worthy of our trust. You and I can rest knowing in all things, God will work whatever we face together for good. With that knowledge, there is comfort.
So do your best to enter that rest. When life becomes hectic and worry takes over, remind your soul that God is good. Recall the good He has done, and be confident that He will work everything together for good. Find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.