This psalm represents, for me, the epitome of trusting in God. The promise of protection and provision to those who trust Him is strong and assuring. Especially in these uncertain times, the reminder that God is our refuge is huge! Take a moment to just stop, close your eyes and imagine God doing this. “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” I am so overcome by this. What peace knowing I have a protector.
What really screamed to me were all the references to a “deadly disease.” In my translation it was a “plague.” At the time I’m writing this, we are seeing a pandemic killing so many people around the world. There is death and fear running rampant. The vaccine can’t come soon enough for many of us who have not left our homes in months. And then I read these words, “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” Brought me to tears.
You know, when Scripture speaks (or in this case shouts) to you, you should listen. I’m writing on this text today at the request of a friend. When I wrote on this text for my book, Reflections on the Psalms, I didn’t mention a THING about the disease, plague, or whatever it is! Another message rang out to me that particular day. God’s Word is alive. You better believe it!
I don’t think all this protection we read about means we are given freedom to live unwisely or be danger seekers. However, if we are living for Jesus, doing the will of God, we will be protected and rescued from evil. Satan longs to thwart our efforts and tries to entice us. With our faith and trust in God, we can rely on these words: “no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.”
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.” I can’t imagine not loving a God like that. But there are many who don’t know him, who don’t have the relationship I do. They have never experienced this kind of love. Or, perhaps they have turned away before truly understanding who God is. Do you know anyone who has turned away from God? Who comes to mind for you?
We need to make it our mission to be a spokesperson for God. We need to tell the world of his love for us, his desire to protect, rescue, and provide for us. This may be difficult, but we can’t be silent. We share about our favorite restaurants, stores, and books. Why not God?
I love that we are told here that all we need to do is call on his name, and he will answer. “When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.” Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that the God of the universe has time for us, but he does listen and respond. We may need to do a better job of being still and listening for him. Take a moment now to listen to how God is speaking to your heart today. Be still. Trust God.
Let’s pray. Lord thank you for the opportunity you are opening up for us each day. I look forward to the opportunity to be vocal and share with others about your great love. I pray my faith will continue to blossom and grow. I want to be in deeper communion with you. Direct my path and shine through me today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.