1 You who sit down in the High God's presence,
spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
2 Say this: "GOD, you're my refuge.
I trust in you and I'm safe!"
3 That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
4 His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you're perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
5 Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
6 Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Psalms 91:1-6 (The Message)
The writer of Psalm 91 may never have had to live through a pandemic, but one senses his apprehension and uneasiness.
We are living in uncertain times; and this is particularly the case as we all juggle family, work responsibilities and the tension of a pandemic that has changed our lives in such vast and challenging ways.
This week we have seen the devastation of the floods in NSW and QLD and the confronting images of Ukrainian citizens defending their homes from the Russian army and the sadness of watching thousands of refugees fleeing their homeland.
While not having to flee, or fight an invading army, the words of this beautiful Psalm provide great comfort in the knowledge that God is our shelter and refuge. Like the writer, we are invited to lean into our Almighty God - our Protector who carries us through all our anxieties and fears - no matter how large or small.
We are a community, and communities ‘look out’ for each other.
As we take each forward step towards our new ‘normal’, I pray that those with a measure of God’s comfort, shelter and reassurance actively share that reassurance with those who aren’t doing so well. We seek to be a community of trust - trading our fears and anxieties for faith in God, no matter the situation.