A Psalm to Calm Our Fears

Psalm 91:9-13 The Message (MSG)

91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

There is nothing more important in times of trouble, than this Psalm. It is a reminder of just how powerful God is and how much God loves us. All through the pandemic last year, I read this Psalm every day as part of my morning devotions. Today, I still read it when I feal anxious or fearful. No harm will ever come to those who turn their hearts to Christ Jesus. The Psalm seems to place us all in the same playing field. There is no distinction or division among us and when we can understand that our fear is common, then we can also understand that the Psalm speaks to us all.

Clearing anxiety and fear from the mind and heart is important to hear what the Spirit is saying and guiding you to do in your circumstances. May this Psalm help your mind to be still and comfort your heart so that you find joy each day.

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