October 13 – Trusting our Refuge

“I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.” – Psalm 91:2-3 (ESV)

We have a promise that is very timely for us these days. Fear and worry has some in a death grip about their unknown future. Some will remember this Psalm 91 as one that has been called the “Foxhole Psalm.” Soldiers who found themselves in the trenches during the heat of battle were known to call on these promises. They were in a life-threatening situation. But this psalm may not be for just anyone but specifically for those who (Psalm 91:1) are dwelling in the shelter of the Most High God and therefore live in the shadow of Almighty God. Non-believers in God are not guaranteed this same protection. It is a promise for faith believers. True believers confess their trust in God as their refuge and stronghold ,or fortress. Two terms here are not warfare terms; “snare of the trapper,” is a metaphor which represents any plots against believers intended to endanger their lives or threaten their well-being; “deadly pestilence” in v. 6 is specifically about dreaded diseases, plagues, epidemics, and pandemics. It is because we have put our trust in God that this promise becomes ours and one we can believe.