Psalm 91 – “The Soldier’s Psalm” (and Mine too!)

Just read Psalm 91 again this morning.  It’s message?  It pays to trust and serve the Lord in dangerous and difficult times.  Running to Him with your problems is a wise course of action!  And on this weekend when we celebrate “Memorial Day” in the United States the message of Psalm 91 seems especially appropriate… many a soldier in the middle of intense warfare has depended on its message – and many parents, spouses of soldiers in harms way have claimed it for “their soldier!”

In a time when a strong walled city, a secret cave, or a high, defensible rocky cliff were your only defense from a persistent and determined enemy, the Psalmist recommended… “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This I declare about the Lord – HE ALONE is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God AND I TRUST HIM… His faithful promises are your armor and protection… If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.  For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go…” And as if that wasn’t enough, then the Lord, Himself speaks…

“The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me!  I will protect those who trust in my Name!  When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble!  I will rescue and honor them! I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation!” (From Psalm 91NLT)

 One more time… It pays to trust and serve the Lord in dangerous and difficult times!!  And should death come our way, those who trust the Lord are “safe in the arms of God!”

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