Over the last month, our world has witnessed unspeakable tragedies at the hands of terrorists who desired to kill innocent civilians. One of the major tragedies which took place was in Paris France. On November 13th, 130 people were killed in multiple locations by those who had a connection to the terrorist organization called ISIS. In addition to this tragedy, there were other terrorist attacks that occurred shortly after in Africa. Boko-Haram which is another terrorist group also claimed the lives of innocent civilians.
The last few weeks has been a trying time for many worldwide. After such death took place, many continued to ponder why, and how such atrocities could occur. Our world is seemingly experiencing a quagmire of events, but the question on the minds of many is, ‘Is there hope?’ Is our world so broken and divided that hope cannot be found? The answer to that question can be found in the book of Psalms, chapter 91.
Based on historical accounts and commentaries, it is unclear as to whether or not this Psalm was written by a man named Moses or if it was written by the Psalmist David. However, it is believed that David was the writer of this chapter. In this passage, the writer is proclaiming the very safety and sanctuary that God provides to those who are in a relationship with Him. This period of scripture was written during a time of pestilence and great despair.
(NLV) “He who lives in the safe place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the All-powerful. I will say to the Lord, “You are my safe and strong place, my God, in Whom I trust.” For it is He who takes you away from the trap, and from the killing sickness. He will cover you with His wings. And under His wings you will be safe. He is faithful like a safe-covering and a strong wall. “
In the first verse the writer says, that the person who lives in the safe place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the All-powerful. Essentially, this means that anyone who lives or abides in God through Jesus Christ shall be hidden under the safety and presence of Almighty God. The way of the world is to operate in fear and dismay. That isn’t to say that you and I do not experience moments of concern or that we are never afraid.
However, the key is that when your life is hidden in God through Jesus Christ, then you are no longer vulnerable nor are you fearful. The reason is because it is God who is the one who is your place of refuge. The media has become prolific in pushing satan’s agenda of fear. Satan understands that if he can create an atmosphere of fear, then he will cripple those who are open and willing to listen.
Instead, the Psalmist encourages us to trust in the Lord who is the one who is our place of safety. However, the only way that you can experience God’s provision is by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. In doing so, you will live or abide in the presence of God when you are living in submission unto Him.
Verses 5-7 continues by impressing the point of living in reliance upon God and not being afraid. The essence of these verses is that God will protect those who have chosen to abide in Him. Verse 7 points out that there will be those around you who may befall destruction, but if you are in God through Christ then you will be in a safe position.
(NLV) “You will look on with your eyes, and see how the sinful are punished. Because you have made the Lord your safe place, and the Most High the place where you live, nothing will hurt you. No trouble will come near your tent.”
Verse 8 is clear that those who are sinful or have chosen not to live in God through Christ will receive their due judgment. In these dangerous times, it is paramount that we find ourselves living in God and also living for Him. The fact is that the escalation of sin in our world has made it increasingly necessary to be found in the safety of the Lord. Without Him, your life is left open to the tactics and snares of the enemy.
However, the scripture says in verse 9 that those who have made God their place of safety will be covered under God’s protection. The key is remembering that if you live outside of the parameters of God, then you are open to anything that may occur. It is the person who lives a life that is anchored in sin, who will suffer the consequences.
The above scripture is not to be taken to mean that a person who is in Christ will never experience trouble. Since we are all human, we will all face challenges and times of trouble. However, the meaning of verse 9 is to suggest that you will be spared from destruction rather than overtaken by it.
Verses 11-13 further establishes what the Psalmists suggests which is that God will protect those who are in Him. Verse 11 says that God’s angels will watch over those who trust in the Lord. Verses 12-13 continue by pointing to the ability that we who are in Christ have to overcome difficult and troubling situations.
This chapter closes with final words of encouragement in verses 14-16:
(NLV) “Because he has loved me, I will bring him out of trouble. I will set him in a safe place on high because he has known my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will take him out of trouble and honor him. I will please him with long life. And I will show him my saving power.”
Once again, the last verses confirm the notion that even those of us who are Christians will experience troubling situations. However, the promise is that God will deliver us out of perilous occurrences. Notice the words, “because he has known my name.” This is meant to denote that there is a relationship between God and an individual.
There are many who call on God’s name in the time of trouble, but yet they are not saved. The reason is because God does not recognize a person who hasn’t given their life to Jesus Christ. It is when you surrender your life to Christ that God recognizes you and that you can have a relationship with Him. Only those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ will be those who are hidden in God’s safety.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? If not, then today is the best day for redemption. The world that we are living in is becoming more sinful and it is more dangerous than ever before. Rather than being in a state of vulnerability, it is more beneficial to accept Christ as your savior by confessing your sins. Then you must turn from your sinfulness and live a life in righteousness and obedience. If you desire safety in these dangerous times, then reach out to Jesus Christ and accept Him. God wants to be your place of safety.