Psalm 91 gives many principles to remind us how to live during this difficult and dark time in history. May God release your heart into His heart as you study Psalm 91.
God wants to “dwell” in our home. (Psalm 91:1, 2)
As many find shelter in our homes from COVID-19, God wants us to know His shelter. When we bring God into the home of our hearts, we bring God into our homes.
God is looking for people who can walk in darkness. (Psalm (91:1-4)
Corrie ten Boom said, “When you are covered by His wings, it can get pretty dark.”
Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic we are living in a darkness of uncertainty. Dan Zambrano’s hike in the dark illustrates how to live in darkness. “I was following my friend in the dark along a narrow trail to get to a fishing spot. He told me, in all seriousness, as we started to step in his steps and not veer left or right. Later that day as we departed to go home, we took the same trail back and I could see in the full light of day, just how precarious and narrow and down-right dangerous that path actually was. Earlier, in the dark, I simply HAD to trust my friend and let go of my pride and obediently follow him. Do we trust the Lord enough to follow His steps, in the dark?”
God will “deliver” you from “deadly pestilence.” (Psalm 91:3-4)
The COVID-19 is affecting everyone regardless of religion or faithfulness to God. God’s heart is to deliver us from this deadly disease.
God wants to release you from “fear” and the “terror at night.” (Psalm 91:5-6)
Fear is a normal human response and is not necessarily sinful. “Terror at night” is when we are so over-stressed that we can’t sleep or have nightmares. Deepening fear can become destructive to our spirit and to others. Pray God to surrender our fears to Him.
God invites you to live in His Shalom (Peace) even as the world around us seems to be falling apart. (Psalm 91:7-10)
The actual number and projections of people dying in the next few weeks is heartbreaking and unfathomable to comprehend. Psalms 91:7 says, “ A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand.” In the midst of tragedy, God wants to give you His Shalom.
God has “command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11)
God’s army is working even if we don’t see it or understand. God has the world in His hands even as the world shakes.
In the Bible, the prophet Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a vast army. The servant was afraid therefore, “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)
God ultimately wants us to stomp on the forces that bring harm to His children. (Psalm 91:11-13)
“You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” (Psalm 91:13)
The meaning of corona means “crown” and Psalm 91:13, speaks of stepping on the king of the jungle the lion. We are in a spiritual and physical war. We are not simply trying to survive but we are part of God’s army to attack. Some of the weapons of war include prayer, humility, acts of love, unity and repentance to defeat this enemy. (2 Chronicles 7:14).
God needs His people to respond. (Psalm 91:14-16)
God’s love for us is unconditional but His response to us is conditional. God needs us to respond to Him so that He can respond to us. This is a time to know God like we have never known Him before. If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, this is your time. Jesus will bring His life into your heart even if you are surrounded by darkness. With Jesus, you can walk through this darkness.