Sunday 16 November, 2014

Psalm 91

1 The person who rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. 2 I will say about the Lord, “He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him.” 3 He will certainly save you from hidden traps and from deadly sickness. 4 He will cover you with his wings. Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety. He is faithful. He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower. 5 You won’t have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night. You won’t have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day. 6 You won’t have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness. You won’t have to fear the plague that destroys at noon. 7 A thousand may fall dead at your side. Ten thousand may fall near your right hand. But no harm will come to you. 8 You will see with your own eyes how God punishes sinful people. 9 The Lord is the one who keeps you safe. So let the Most High God be like a home to you. 10 Then no harm will come to you. No terrible plague will come near your tent. 11 The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. 12 They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won’t trip over a stone. 13 You will walk all over lions and cobras. You will crush mighty lions and poisonous snakes. 14 The Lord says, “I will save the one who loves me. I will keep him safe, because he trusts in me. 15 He will call out to me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in times of trouble. I will save him and honor him. 16 I will give him a long and full life. I will save him.”

This is one of my favourite Psalms of all time. I took on the challenge to memorise this entire Psalm when I was 18 years old and it has been a source of comfort and strength ever since.

When times have been tough I have remembered the verses of Psalm 91 reminding me that God is my refuge and strength and that whatever comes against me ultimately cannot harm me if I place my trust in Him.

For me, this is a timely reminder – not only in the power of this particular Psalm, but also of the value, in general, of memorising scripture. I have had over 30 years of encouragement and enjoyment from an investment of a relatively small amount of time to memorise this Psalm all those years ago.

So I am challenging myself to get back into memorising scripture in a more focused way. Can I encourage you to do the same?

Written by Shelley Witt

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