My Refuge

Psalm 91:1-3,11, 14-16
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most- High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely, he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”

I love Psalm 91, it makes me feel safe and secure. Let us look at the first verse: “he that dwells in the secret place of the most- high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty ” this verse tells me that I do not have to be afraid, any fear I may have I can let go of and I can walk in faith, knowing that God is with me; because I am his he will protect me. In order for fear to become faith, we have to “abide”, “rest” or ” dwell” in him.

If we allow fear to run rampant we abide in that fear, we allow fear to control our mind and our emotions, but when we decide to walk in faith we surrender that fear to God, and trust his word, that he will be with us and protect us. We must trust God, we cannot allow circumstance to dictate emotion. When we “rest” in God we are saying that we understand that He has our best interest at heart, and he will only allow those things to touch us that draws us closer to him.

Verse 11 tells us that he gives angels charge over us, we have angels around us all the time. We have no earthly idea how many times throughout our day they have spared us, came to our rescue. We all have those big things that happen that we are aware of, and we say thank you Lord for watching over me. But I wonder how many hundreds of times we have been saved or rescued and we are totally unaware.

Then we come to verses 14 -16 and they tell us that if we love the Lord, he will rescue and protect us if we acknowledge his name, he will be with us in trouble, and he will give us long life. There are many examples in Scripture where angels have been right there to help in time of need, Daniel 6 is a great example. Daniel and the lion’s den. The Lord shut the lion’s mouths and Daniel was not harmed. God sent his Angel to shut the lion’s mouth. If we trust in God we are untouchable until God says otherwise! What peace that brings.

Does this mean that bad things do not happen to God’s people, no, absolutely not. We are promised in scripture trials and tribulation. These are not meant to show whether we have strong faith, but will we remain faithful throughout them?

James wrote, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

Romans 12:12 Tells us to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. The best way to get through a trial is to read and pray, pray and read and then start over. Our lives are in His hands, he truly is the potter and we are the clay and he can do as he please with that which he created.

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