will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will 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 will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation." Psalm 91 (NIV)
When I was a young child, I had so many fears. Many a night I would imagine there was a monster under my bed who was waiting to get me as soon as I put a foot to the floor. I would hide under my blankets and fear would paralyse me. I would try to call out to my parents but I couldn’t get my voice above a whisper. We also had a closet in our bedroom which because it wouldn’t latch properly would sometimes creak open in the middle of the night and terrify my brothers and I. Children have very active imaginations. With my kids it wasn’t monsters, but thunderstorms and being left alone. The only monster that ever frightened one of them was a muppet call Monster from the Muppet Movie. When I was 19 I used to have panic attacks where fear would grip me to the point I thought it was actually going to kill me, that I would drop dead from a heart attack or a brain seizure at any moment.
Everyone is afraid of something. With me it’s a fear of flying. It doesn’t make sense because flying is one of the safest modes of travel there is. It seems that there is a whole book load of names that have been given to the different types of fears people have. They are called phobias. Many of the fears are imaginary and irrational, but the feeling of fear is real and can cripple us from being who God has meant us to be.
The greatest of all fears is death. What is going to happen to me when I die? For the Christian there should be no fear of death at all. Christ conquered death and the grave through His victory on the cross. Death for us means going home. It is a graduation. It means no more sickness or pain or sorrow. It means being present with our Lord. Eternal joy. For those who don’t know Christ or have rejected Him they have a very real reason to fear death. They face hell which is eternal separation from God and as much as they deny it or try to push that fear away it will one day catch up with them, unless they come to the place of repentance with God.
Psalm 91 is a great reminder of God’s care and love for us. He has promised to see us through each and every situation. Are you afraid of something? Pray that psalm. You don’t even have to fear the devil. There is the story of a missionary to Africa who one night heard some noises at the end of his bed. He looked up and saw satan standing there looking menacing. He said to the devil: "Oh it’s you!" turned around and went right back to sleep. That should be our attitude as well towards fear. God is in control and He never once loses it. Trust Him. He’s much bigger than the boogie man.
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