Psalm 91 is a great way to begin the year. I read it in my normal worship routine this morning and it was almost like I picked it out on purpose.
It starts out with standard promises.
(Psa 91:2 KJV) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.As I kept reading I nodded my head and said, “Yes. I can identify with that.”
(Psa 91:3 KJV) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.Does FBI entrapment and a new variant of the Covid panic come to mind? These are not new concerns of ordinary people. History is full of tyrants oppressing everyone they can reach. Plague and disease have been a part of life down through history. Why should we be any different?
Then we have the concern about the knock in the middle of the night. Recently I have been reading about people being “swatted”. That means some anonymous person calls up and reports something terrible going on in your house and the swat team comes calling.
(Psa 91:5 KJV) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;See? Nothing new here. The chapter goes on this way.
A lot of promises are given. The one I like the most involves guardian angels,
(Psa 91:11 KJV) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.Like I said, a good place to start the year.
One word of caution before you get too excited: Keep in mind that the promises are conditional. They are not extended to everyone. They are based on us calling on God and listening to His answers. God loves to deliver people. I think of a friend whose neighborhood was burning to the ground. His house was not touched. You could follow the path of the fire up to a certain point and it was as if something, or Someone, said, “No farther.”
Get in touch with that Someone.
Happy New Year.
homo unius libri