Psalm 91. Verse 1 – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
At a meeting of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank I spoke with a well-seasoned aid worker who told me the following story: I met a refugee and asked her a number of questions through an interpreter. One question was “What is your favorite text in the Bible?” Without any hesitation she said, “Psalm 91.” When I asked why, she shared that she had been moving every six to nine months for her physical safety, but in her spirit she was safe in the Lord.
I will never forget that story of faith and trust. That being said, the tension we face in life is that even though we may “dwell in the shelter of the Most High” and “rest in the shadow of the Almighty,” we have to deal with troubles and daily struggles. For some people they even have to face deadly diseases and terrorizing attacks. The psalmist understood that this world is filled with uncertainties—and yet there is a place of safety. We can go up against giants like Covid–19 and have to flee for our lives from dangerous enemies, and still we can be in a safe place with the Almighty.
The question each of us has to ask ourselves is this: “What is our dwelling place? What is our shelter or safety net?” If it is our money, family, home, or work, or even government safeguards, they will all crumble. The enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy. But the one place of safety in the universe from which no one can snatch us is “in the shelter of the Most High.” Our risen and ascended Lord has promised, “My sheep listen to my voice … and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and … no one will ever snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). In Christ we will always be at home, safe and secure.
Lord Jesus, we praise you for the security and peace we have in you, regardless of what we experience in life. Amen.