“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Psalm 91:1-2
Last spring, when the pandemic was on the rise, I would lay in bed at night and recite Psalm 91 over my family. I would say it over and over again until I fell asleep. I needed to do this to shut the mouth of fear that was stealing my peace of my mind. Without realizing it, the truth of this scripture was reinforced in my heart; I trust in His promise of protection. Fast forward to the fall when I walked through my own COVID experience, I felt the absolute peace of Christ because I trusted that my life was held in His hands. In the midst of loneliness of the virus, I would say “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
God’s promise of protection goes beyond physical wellness. Every single day a new fear or threat arises in life and as followers of Christ, we are called to dwell and rest in the shadow of God’s almighty presence. It is far too easy to try to protect ourselves with justifications and mortal pretense. Theologian Charles Spurgeon says it well: “Men are apt enough to proclaim their doubts, and even to boast of them, indeed there is a party nowadays of the most audacious pretenders to culture and thought, who glory in casting suspicion upon everything; hence it becomes the duty of all true believers to speak out and testify with calm courage to their own well-grounded reliance upon their God.” In the thick of the battle, it is our calling to respond with a calm courage that our God is for us. All the days we walk on earth and until that moment when we breathe our last, we have full access to His promise of protection. How beautiful it is to rest in the assurance of that promise.