He Delivers

The book of Psalms is an incredible place to look at scripture no matter what mood we're in. Whether we feel discouraged, hopeful, excited or even lost, there always seems to be a psalm in the Bible that will help us through the day. Psalm 91 can be excellent scripture to look at for just about any situation.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

    my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you

    from the fowler’s snare

    and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

    and under his wings you will find refuge;

    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

    nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

    ten thousand at your right hand,

    but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes

    and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

    and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,

    no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

    to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

    I will be with him in trouble,

    I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

    and show him my salvation.”

 

Discouraged? David reminds us that God is always going to deliver us from whatever trial we face. Hopeful? We should be! God is on our side 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, no matter what the situation. Excited? We can generate that emotion into praise and honor for the God who delivers us from all evil and protects us with His loving arms and angel armies. Lost? We don't have to continue down the same path. Our father is never going to let us fall away from Him or the road He wants us to follow. We are always children of the Most High.

 

When I think about Psalm 91, the part that strikes me the most is just how blessed we are to have a constant protector from all evil. Think about it. God — the one who created heaven, the earth and the stars — wants to have an intimate relationship with us. Sometimes I think to myself, "Wow. The God who created billions of people and billions of stars and billions of animals cares so deeply about me that He wants me to know Him as my father." To me, that is an overwhelming concept to have love that strong living inside me. And even though I sin every single day and separate myself from Him through those sins, He stills smiles at me and loves me through it. God still wants to deliver me from whatever trouble I may face.

 

The beginning of this psalm talks about how God is our refuge. David describes it in a way that tells us of God's promise to never leave us and always give us His protection. And we know that God always keeps His promises to His people. How amazing is it that we are protected by the one who defeated death? How amazing is it that we are protected by the one who designed every single detail about each and every one of us? How amazing is it that we are protected by the one who knows every last detail of our life better than we know it ourselves? We just have to remember to accept it and give Him thanks.

 

God loves His children and will NEVER let them get away. He always rescues us from whatever it is that we think we can't handle. God is bigger than any of us, and we need to know that He's ready to show us how big He is when He brings us out of suffering to make us better children and better Christians.

 

I know I struggle sometimes with giving God my worries and my stress. Even when I do, I sometimes take it back from Him because His timeline and my timeline for how situations should be don't match up. This is when I have to consciously step back and remember that Jesus died for my sins and knows exactly what my life is going to look like before I can even dream of it happening. I remind myself that this life is too much for me to bear, and I have a God ready to take that burden for me. He already did it all on that cross 2,000 years ago.

 

If we give our problems to God, we can be absolutely positive that our plans will succeed when they begin to intertwine with His plans for us. We just have to let go and give it to Him. That's not to say that we don't have to work at our struggles and give up trying because God's going to do all the work. We still have to put in the effort to overcome those obstacles we face, but scripture reminds us that we are never alone while doing it. We have the Alpha and Omega on our side. Our life will never be perfect, but we can at least find comfort in the arms of our great father.

 

So, as we go through our day or our week, let's not forget to give thanks to our Father who has never let us fall and will ALWAYS give us comfort in his arms. We are children of the greatest God anyone could ever ask for, and we're so incredibly blessed that He wants each and every one of us to have an intimate relationship with Him.

 

God bless you all. Have an awesome week!