“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’” Psalm 91:7-16
It is 1 o’clock in the morning and I was awakened about an hour ago by sirens in my neighborhood. Storms are on the way. A tornado watch is in effect for my county. On top of that the coronavirus is lurking outside my door. Groceries have barren shelves. Churches, schools, and businesses have closed their doors for a season. Toilet paper is being delivered instead of roses. Talk about a different world. We are being told to stay home. It all seems surreal and yet this is the new reality in which we live.
So, what should be my response? Be foolish, walk outside and challenge the approaching storm to come get me, because this psalm declares that no disaster will overtake me? Remember when Jesus was in the wilderness and satan came to tempt Him? Psalm 91 was part of the passage satan quoted with the challenge that if Jesus truly was the Son of God, He could throw Himself down from the highest point of the Temple. The implication was that then angels would come and save Him. And what was Jesus’ answer? He came back with another passage of Scripture, this one from Deuteronomy 6:16, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
This whole psalm is for our peace during the storms, not the proof text to test God by walking outside and daring anything to overtake me.
God is on the throne. He is my God. He is my refuge. He is my safe place. Storms come. I choose to trust Him. Storms pass. I choose to trust Him.
Lord God, I am running to You during the storms, and then when these storms pass, I want to continue to seek You every moment of every day. Good times and difficult times, You are my God.