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!"
Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.
Because you’ve made the LORD my refuge, the Most High, your place of residence.
Yes, because God's your refuge, the High God your very own home.
The LORD Most High is your fortress. Run to him for safety.
God says, “Because you are devoted to me, I’ll rescue you. I’ll protect you because you know my name.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God, "I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me.
The Lord says, "If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.
-Psalm 91:1, 9, & 14 (CEB, MSG, CEV)
- Now is the time to draw near to Him.
- If you have already been walking with God, now is the time to walk closer.
- It's always good to walk close to God, but in the days ahead, it will be essential for us.
- Living with God, sitting with God, or dwelling with God is what we need to be doing.
- Practicing the presence of God, as brother Lawrence called it.
Psalm 91 could have a note scrawled next to it: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
You don't have to be a prophet or get a special prophetic word to know that disaster is coming, so get prepared. Some people live in earthquake country, some live in tornado alley, some live near a river that floods. Being prepared, for people who live in these places, is common sense and just a given. But many other disasters happen as well that are completely unexpected.
Following the sage counsel in Psalm 91 will help us in disaster.
1 Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s[a] shade,
2 I say to the LORD, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
You are my God—the one I trust!”
3 God will save you from the hunter’s trap and from deadly sickness.
4 God will protect you with his pinions; you’ll find refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness is a protective shield.
5 Don’t be afraid of terrors at night, arrows that fly in daylight,
6 or sickness that prowls in the dark, destruction that ravages at noontime.
7 Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you,
ten thousand right beside you— it won’t happen to you.
8 Just look with your eyes, and you will see the wicked punished.
9 Because you’ve made the LORD my refuge, the Most High, your place of residence—
10 no evil will happen to you; no disease will come close to your tent.
11 Because he will order his messengers to help you, to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you with their own hands so you don’t bruise your foot on a stone.
13 You’ll march on top of lions and vipers; you’ll trample young lions
and serpents underfoot.
14 God says,[b]“Because you are devoted to me, I’ll rescue you.
I’ll protect you because you know my name.
15 Whenever you cry out to me, I’ll answer. I’ll be with you in troubling times.
I’ll save you and glorify you.
16 I’ll fill you full with old age. I’ll show you my salvation.”
Common English Bible (CEB)