Deuteronomy 32-34, Psalm 91
ISIS stuck again today, this time in Brussels. Our world is in danger. WE are in danger. Their mission is to destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with them. And those who name the name of Jesus are being tortured and murdered every day.
You won’t hear about a lot of that in our liberal news media. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
Psalm 91 tells of God’s protection for those who trust Him:
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trappers and from the deadly pestilence.
A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.
No evil will befall you…
This psalm is full of such promises. So, is the psalmist wrong in light of today’s events? No. These words are true down to the letter. But these are promises that carry a greater truth than physical well-being.
I am safe with the Lord. The real me, the eternal me. I don’t know what life will be like for me in the USA in the future. Evil exists. Evil killed Jesus Himself. And evil killed those innocent people in Belgium.
But I am reminded that no matter what lies ahead, Satan has no claim to my soul. I might die today. Or I might live to face persecution like some in our world face every day. But I want this to describe me:
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!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. (Ps 91:1-4)
Dear God, I pray for the people in Brussels and around the world who are touched by today’s terror attack. Would You wrap Your arms around each one, be their strength and comfort? Would You draw each one close to You where they will find everything they need to face the days and weeks ahead? I pray for the injured, that there would be healing in such a way that You are glorified. I pray that Christians will rally in Jesus’ name to aide the hurting. And I pray that the evil people who are responsible will be held accountable. Defeat Satan who has such a stronghold on them. May you find your people faithful. May we cling to You, our refuge and our strength, our faithful shield and protector of our souls.