Chaplain’s Corner; March Mid-Month

Psalm 91:1-16 (NKJV)

1  He who dwells 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 I will trust.”
3  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
4  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6  Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
8  Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
9  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10  No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11  For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
12  In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14  “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has 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 I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

In the light of our current chaotic worldwide contagion epidemic I would like to offer some words of peace and comfort.  This is and certainly can be a very scary time.  Our world is scary enough without the unsettledness of a pandemic creating more uncertainty in our lives. But be assured that our Lord knows exactly what is going on and He is still upon His throne and still offering His grace and mercy.  We need only set our eyes upon Him and trust in Him for our protection, peace, and comfort.

In Psalm 91 we see that whoever chooses the Lord as their protector will have all they need or can desire. Although we do not know exactly who wrote this Psalm it is generally agreed upon that the occasion in which it was written was during a great pestilence that is recorded in the book of “2nd Samuel 24”. By definition a pestilence is “a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating”. With that said I think this Psalm certain applies well for us today. God is a shelter, a refuge when we are afraid. The writer’s faith in God as protector would carry him through all the dangers and fears of life. This should be a picture of our trust—trading all our fears for faith in him, no matter how intense our fears. To do this we must “live” and “rest” with him. By entrusting ourselves to his protection and pledging our daily devotion to him, we will be kept safe.

The Psalmist represents the state of the godly, their safety, place of habitation, promises of God’s preservation, and His offer of support and salvation. Many have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge knowing that their spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the forces of evil, and the contagion of sin. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done will be at the will of our Heavenly Father. We have no reason to fear. We will see God’s promises fulfilled. We need only trust in His providence and protection and encourage others to do the same. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve this life on earth, so long as He desires to do so. His promise is, that He will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the meantime be with him during trouble. Whatever happens, be at peace knowing that the Lord has neither left us nor forsaken us.

Stay calm and Pray on,

Pastor Gary