The group memorizing Psalm 91 at Do Not Depart is finished according to the schedule. I am still working on it. I’ve been struggling with the last few verses. I’ve also been struggling with the meaning behind some of the verses. We know that God allows pain and suffering to those who love Him, so what does He mean when He says, “No evil shall come nigh thy dwelling.” I have done some study on my own, read my study Bible notes and notes in a commentary.
You may remember that I have been pretty much confined to a chair due to a recent injury. Today I took the time to go back and read the posts that were written about each week’s memory verses. I would encourage you to do that even if you didn’t memorize the chapter. They were such a blessing to me and gave me much to think about. We live in such tumultuous times. God is our peace. It is my prayer that we will all run to Him for protection.
Here are a few of the most thought-provoking statements in those blog posts to me. I wanted to write them out for my future reference and thought I would share them with you. If you read the posts or have been meditating on Psalm 91, please share some of your thoughts in the comments so we can encourage one another. I linked to each post in the Bible reference.
Psalm 91:1-2, “Regardless of the devastation that the coronavirus threatens us with, we can rest assured that if we stay in our shelter, once the storm passes, our souls will have survived.
And we will still be with God. Together.
He’ll help us pick up the pieces and put our lives back together. Then, as now, He will remain our refuge, our fortress, our God.
In Him we can trust.”
Psalm 91:3-4, “The mouse had taken the bait. And lost his battle.
We, however, don’t have to take the bait of worrying, of panicking, of complaining. We can go higher. Call for help. Avoid the traps.
God knows where our traps have been set, and if we’ll shelter in His nest, we will be safe. He’s got this. Let’s let him fight this one for us.
Count on His faithfulness.
Trust His goodness.
Rest in His love.”
Psalm 91:5-6, “We have a safe place in Jesus, despite our vulnerability in the world.
Ultimately, vulnerability isn’t our weakness. It’s our opportunity—to run to safe refuge in God.
It’s in God’s shelter that we are finally safe.”
Psalm 91:7-8, “While our bodies are just as susceptible to destruction as any other, our souls are not as susceptible. They are protected.
Our immunity doesn’t rest in the physical (although God can still perform miracles there also). Our advantage comes in the peace of God’s presence in us and around us.”
Psalm 91:9-10, “By trusting in God as our refuge, we not only are protecting ourselves, we’re also protecting those ‘near our tent.’
God’s protection ripples out.
When you stay close to God, others around you also benefit by His shade.”
Psalm 91:11-12, ” He doesn’t always stop the catastrophe from happening to us in the physical realm…Even when we can’t see God, He sees us. We are always on His mind and always in His works.”
Psalm 91:13-14, “Getting to know God more doesn’t have to be complicated. But you do need to consciously choose it.
Loving God more means spending more time with Him, being more aware of His presence, learning more who He is, talking with others about Him, talking more in person with Him.
The more you know God, the more you’ll love God. You’ll then hold on to Him in love because you want to, not from guilt or fear or obligation.
You’ll know Him by name.”
Psalm 91:15-16, “We often don’t see the gifts. Our blindness causes us to miss out on God’s good gifts.”
I think, perhaps, the fact of God’s presence is the dearest truth to me next to His love. It is something that I dwell on continually. God reminds me of it when I don’t. This psalm is full of reminders of His presence.
Thank you, Lisa, for allowing the Lord to use you in this way. The time spent in this psalm was exactly what my sore, anxious, weary heart needed.