Our refuge and strength
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Psalm 91:4-5
God did not promise His children from human frailties. The enemy, Satan will continue to plot and deceive to ensnare, wound, and ruin. He is seeking to prey and devour. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). His goal is to inflict pain and to disrupt our lives. From the text, the Psalmist sought comfort and strength from the shelter of God’s wings. God is his place of security. Knowing that God’s presence is with us frees us from anxiety brought upon by the terrors of the night. The Lord is more than sufficient for if Satan was so great and the hostility of the world was so strong, we could have not last a day. Yet we know that God is there to intervene. Our ultimate deliverance is guaranteed by God and His promises in His word. Trusting His power and His word will sustain us. His ultimate promise will be a joyous one and not grievous for He promised that in the end the enemy will be defeated. Our hope is founded upon the realization that God is our refuge (Psalm 91:9). Our dependence and trust in Him will be rewarded with a life eternal. “I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation” (v. 16). He is more interested in our response when trying times come than in our deliverance for He desires that we remain faithful and committed to serve even when perilous times come. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats” (1 Peter 3:14). The Lord Jesus Christ provided us a great example of endurance and was determined to remain obedient even in the face of sufferings. Let us continue to hold on to His promises and remain faithful serving Him. “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15). “This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalm 91:2). Let us fix our eyes on Him, our place of refuge and strength.
Noel De Guzman