Psalm 91 & COVID-19

Lets take a moment to talk about Psalms 91 and 9 ways we can take comfort and seek refuge in God during the COVID-19 fears. Psalms 91 says,

“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. 

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked. 

Because you have made the Lord yourdwelling place-
the Most High, who is my refuge-
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent. 

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him. 

With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Knowing this God is our comfort. Psalm 91 describes Him as our shelter, shadow, refuge, fortress, refuge, shield, buckler, dwelling, rescuer, and protection.

1. Shelter (v. 1):  God is our hiding place, covering us with His good purposes.

2. Shadow (v. 1):   God is over and beyond us—seeing more than we see and knowing more than we know. We can rest in His shadow.

3. Refuge (v. 2): He is a safe place for us of security; we climb into Him.

4. Fortress (v. 2): He is our defense whose promises cannot be inhibited.

5. Shield (v. 4): Resting in our God deflects the enemies of fear and doubt in times of trial.

6. Buckler (or, shield that completely engulfs) (v. 4): He is a defense on every side. He knows every part of us and our lives—no aspect is beyond His reach.

7. Dwelling (v. 9): God’s protection is not fleeting; His protection serves for our continual habitation.

8. Rescuer (v. 14): He leads us off with Him, drawing us to Himself and rescuing us from being overcome by the world.

9. Protection (v. 14): In His protection, He carries us to an elevated place—by trusting in Him, our minds and hearts become inaccessible to the churning fears below.

Everything that has a name has to bow to the name of Jesus.

COVID-19 bow in Jesus’ name!

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