Who is Your Refuge? (March 19, 2020)
"Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most-High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling." Psalm 91:9, 10
I continue to draw strength from Psalm 91. King David writes about abiding and dwelling in God and the protection that comes as a result. He goes to great lengths to describe the various levels of protection that comes to those who abide under the shadow of the Almighty. When we stay close to God, it reassures us that God is with us and for us. We know we are protected because we have made Him our refuge and our fortress. He covers us, delivers us, shields us, protects us, and will even honor us for setting our love upon Him and keeping our faith and trust in Him.
I have lived in the United States my entire life, so I haven’t had to face plagues like many in other parts of the world. When I read Psalm 91, admittedly, the talk of being protected from perilous pestilence and plagues hasn’t completely resonated with me. It was something that people in biblical times faced. Seeing a virus spread across the globe and having my life personally affected by it is something new to me. To have to shelter-in-place, keep distance from people, and shepherd people from a primarily online platform has made Psalm 91 more real to me.
I now reflect on and pray Psalm 91 from a different perspective because of our current situation with COVID-19. I have been praying and confessing that “no evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling, in Jesus' Name!” I pray it in faith believing that the Scripture applies to me as a child of God. I have set my love upon God, trust in Him, and seek to dwell in Him; therefore, I believe that He will hear me, deliver me and show me His salvation. God is faithful. He loves us and will hear us when we call upon Him.
I encourage you to meditate on and pray out Psalm 91. There are many spiritual riches available to us in this beautiful passage of Scripture that are relevant to us today. It will also give us strength for ourselves and others. Many people are fearful right now; therefore, let us take time to encourage them and point them to the source of our Peace, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. If they come to Him, Jesus said, “I will, by no means ,cast them out.” (John 6:37) When anyone turns to Jesus, they will find a loving Savior who is waiting with open arms.
Much Blessings & Love, Amazingly Graced, Your Servant,
Pastor John Masis
Let's keep our Faith Level above our Fear Level Our Worship Level above our Worry Level Our Praise Level above our Panic Level
God is with us and for us; He is in control. Romans 8:31
He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
He will keep in Perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed on Him! Isaiah 26:3
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will trust in the Name of the Lord Our God! Psalm 20:7
Let’s keep praying for each other, wisdom for our gov’t leaders, God’s healing virtue to flow to the sick, the church to respond with God’s compassion & heart & an eradication of this virus once & all