I thought today it would be so fitting to read Psalm 91 together. It is a Psalm about faith and trusting the Lord. Remembering He is the Almighty God. He is our provider. He’s our protector. He’s taking care of us and those we love. He loves the people we care about more than we do. Sometimes we don’t understand that, but it’s absolutely true. So won’t you join me in Psalm 91?
Okay, so right now I’m looking at a picture of my daughter. She’s standing on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Oh, the color of the water is almost as beautiful as she is. The clouds the blue sky. It is so surreal to me that she’s there. Hi, I’m Erica. Welcome to the Bible for Busy People. It is Friday, so it’s definitely time for Joy Bombs in the Psalms, but I thought since this week we’ve been walking through the holy land with Hannah, and walking by faith as people, as believers, and we’re going to be doing that again next week, by the way, we’re going to pick up the tour on Monday, but I thought today it would be so fitting to read Psalm 91 together. It is a psalm about faith and trusting the Lord. Remembering he is the Almighty God. He is our provider. He’s our protector. He’s taking care of us and those we love. He loves the people we care about more than we do. Sometimes we don’t understand that, but it’s absolutely true. So won’t you join me in Psalm 91. I actually have a physical copy of the Bible in my hands today. We’re going to read from the message version little bit different, and it’s just as beautiful.
You who sit down in the high God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Now Shaddai’s is another name for God. In Hebrew it means almighty God, so I’ll read that again.
You who sit down in the high God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow. Say this, God, you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe. That’s right. He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you. Under them, Your perfectly safe. His arms fend off all harm, fear nothing, not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease, that prowls through the darkness. Not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left. No harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched. Watch it all from a distance. Watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God’s your refuge, the high God, your very own home. Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you. Their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes and kick young lions and serpents from the path. If you’ll hold onto me for dear life, says, God, I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care. If you’ll only get to know and trust me, call me and I’ll answer. Be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation.
Okay, two things stand out to me. The first one is this. God says, if you’ll hold onto me for dear life, I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care. How do you do that? How do you hold God’s hand? You can’t see his physical hand. Well, it’s funny, I’m holding this physical Bible in my hand today. I am connected to his words. I encourage you, if you’ve never opened a Bible before, to open one. Start highlighting these verses that jump out at you like this is a perfect example. God says, if you hold on to me for dear life, I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care. It’s a connection to God. It’s something tangible and in a sense it’s like holding his hand. It’s him speaking back to you, telling you everything’s going to be okay. Now, the other words that jumped out at me, I should get a highlighter here, I’ve got one right here in the studio, is this one at the beginning when it says, say this,
God, you are my refuge. I trust you and I am safe.
So, okay, I’ve got my marker here. I’m going to go ahead and highlight these words because I want to remember them. The author of this psalm, I believe it was King David. He’s saying, say this to God. It sounds like something I could find myself saying every morning say this, God, you are my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe. God, we just come to you right now and we say, Lord God, El Shaddai, you are our refuge. We trust you. We are safe. In Jesus name. Amen. I love saying that. I may start saying that every morning. How about you? You could even write those words on a post-it note, put it on your bathroom mirror and remember to say them after you brush your teeth in the morning. I think it’s a plan, huh? All right. Speaking of plans, how about you and I meet at the pool of Saloam and watch Jesus do a miracle on Monday? Until then, you are loved.
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