Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

            Reading and praying the psalms over and over again is a major way of fortifying faith for a lifetime of handling adversity.  Psalms are meant to be constantly used, like a wearing a favorite t-shirt whenever possible, or watching a good movie several times.  Lines from the film become etched in our thinking and vocabulary, not because we sought to memorize them but because of the many viewings.  Psalm 91 is a good psalm – one we can read and pray so many times that its theology and message are internalized.  It thus serves as a rock in times of trouble.  Security, safety, and confidence eventually replace fear, worry, and insecurity.  Let these words become part of a routine regimen of facing down the troubles of life:
 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” (ESV)
 

 

Amen and amen.

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