Shelter In Place…

“Shelter in place”???

No matter the circumstances, HE is our ultimate SHELTER!!! Check out Psalm 91:1-2

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Ten years ago this month, I was about to get on a plane to Israel. I’m kinda embarrassed to tell y’all this, but man I was scared! I’d barely ever been on a plane before and this was my very first International flight. For y’all who travel all the time it’s no big deal, but for a Grayson County boy, the thought of being over the ocean in a plane just freaked me out! I remember sitting there, waiting to board the plane, picking up my Bible and turning to Psalm 91. It wasn’t by accident. I’d heard or read somewhere that Psalm 91 was the “soldiers Psalm.” I love and respect military guys. I figured if it was good for them, it’d be good for me too! And it was! Not sure how many times I read portions of Ps 91 on that flight, probably at least every time we hit a bump, haha. But God used his word to help me be assured of his truth and not be paralyzed by irrational fear.

Since then I’ve sought this great Psalm many times. Several years ago a friend of mine had a bad car wreck and we weren’t sure she’d live. Some of us gathered in the elementary school parking lot in Gunter to pray for her. I read part Psalm 91 out loud and we prayed. She made it through the accident! And she’s inspired many of us since then, with the way she bounced back. And, I found out later that Psalm 91 was especially significant to her, and her fam long before we found comfort from it in the parking lot that day.

Then about one year ago, another friend was getting a liver transplant. During the surgery, I was on the phone with her husband, who is a buddy of mine. He was just beside himself, worried about his wife. So was I. We prayed together and I told him about Psalm 91. He told me later that it served as fuel for prayers for his wife during her surgery. She’s doing good now! And they’ll never look at Psalm 91 the same.

That’s just a couple of incidents that come to mind. I don’t know how many times God has used this psalm to bring comfort to me or how many times I’ve recommended it! In times of uncertainty and fear, we need to hear from God through His word. We need to know that, through Christ, we can be assured of his love, peace, and protection. Jesus is the ultimate “shelter in place.” And we can always ABIDE (John15) in Him.

We need the truth of Psalm 91, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, friends! I encourage you to read it and pray through it yourself!

#LookUp #OneDayAtATime #Psalm91 #ShelterInPlace #Abide

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