“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.
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2
Do you believe this?
In view of the increasing violence and acts of terror in our country and the world, is this piece of the Word of God something you can take refuge in?
I know that it is difficult for me to not fret because of evildoers. First of all I have a black belt of many degrees in fretting. I don’t find myself being very envious toward wrongdoers – that caution is given for those who wish they could be rich like the wrongdoers are rich. No, that’s not really me. But I do fret the doers of evil, the ones that walk into a concert hall and kill nearly 100 people against whom they have no specific complaint.
But we know they are coming our way. It is only a matter of time and over that time we will see a progression of evil that will come closer and closer to our safe place. And when it does, no one will care about our hurt feelings and only some will care about the blood shed.
So now what? What, is that we are not to fret because of evil surrounding us. God’s angels encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them. We can take refuge in God and we can rest in the truth of His promises. Even if we are physically harmed we do not lose what God has given to us.
Prepare yourself by trusting in the only Word that will not pass away. Prepare yourself by deciding today to believe what God has said. He has said that tribulation and persecution will be part of our lives and he has said that we overwhelmingly conquer through Him.
Do not look for a life of ease and comfort – not in this world anyway. Look for a safe place within the hands of God and take up the whole armor of God. Be ready to stand firm when the onslaught comes.