“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7).TEXT — Psalm 91:1-16
In her book, “Pray and Grow Rich,” Catherine Ponder tells the story of a British regiment commander, Colonel Whittlesey, who served in World War I for more than four years without losing a man. When asked how his regiment achieved the feat, Colonel Whittlesey said it was because the officers and men in that regiment memorized and repeated regularly the 91st Psalm, which they called their “Psalm of Protection”.
In this Psalm, God presents Himself as the mighty One who protects His people from all evil, as they abide “in the secret place of the Most High”. The “shadow of the Almighty” will protect them as He covers them with His feathers. God’s people are expected to trust Him as their refuge and fortress while holding on to the truth of His revelations. Then they will not be afraid of the “terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day…” He promised to give His angels charge over His people, answer their prayers and satisfy them with long life.
Entering into “the secret place of the Most High” is through salvation from sin – a gift that God gives to everyone who repents from their sins and confesses Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Every child of God is entitled to this protection that comes from Jehovah God. But then, as with all the promises of God, this blessing must be appropriated by faith. Our World War story tells us that the officers and men of the regiment “memorized and repeated regularly” the Psalm for it to work for them. Today, as the Lord sends His people out as “sheep in the midst of wolves”, He has also assured them of His abiding presence: “and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. The thief comes to steal, and to kill and to destroy, but the eternal God remains our refuge and underneath us are His everlasting arms.
Thought for the day
God’s presence dispels all dangers.
- in one year
- LUKE 20 – 21