Apr. 7, 2020

On Psalm 91:3

Psalm 91: 3 (AMPC) “For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”

Where am I dwelling, or abiding, or “hanging out” spiritually and mentally in these times? Refer back to verse 1 in your Bible as it connects with verse. Am I in that secret place of the Most High? Am I recalling His promises, staying in His Word and in prayer? (There is no better place to be.) Or am I found fanning the flames of fear, at least in my own mind, if not elsewhere. Do I find myself emotionally scattered? 

This verse is an amazing promise to take to heart, to ponder, to trust and rely on - pointing us to the One Who keeps us from the snare of the fowler. A fowler was one who hunted birds or trapped them. There was every device to entice!  Apparently there are spiritual traps that we need to be kept from too. What are some of those that might be lurking in these current days for you?

There is also the promise to be kept from the deadly pestilence, real or imagined… spiritual or physical.

In the absence of not being allowed to go to our usual meeting places of worship, it might be good to become proficient at finding His promises, learning some of them by heart… The Psalms are full of them. They are also full of examples of King David, who wrote most of the Psalms, as he often came into the Presence of the Lord in the most unbelievably vexing situations. Yet it’s also wise to understand their context, so we do not become claim something that is immediately descriptive and not broadly prescriptive.

I never regretted learning Scripture passages in Lutheran School when I was a child. While it was not necessarily my favorite thing to do then, how often those passages - even sometimes long forgotten -  spring into mind when needed, usually if I need an attitude adjustment, or when feeling stressed. Ultimately they always point us to Jesus Himself as Deliverer.

There’s great comfort and power when slipping away into God’s Presence consciously and intentionally when needed, in His Word and prayer. And when don't we need it? Whatever is dark that may seem to close in on us (like a fowler ready to trap a bird) will be chased away by His light. As the old song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, looks full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” He never fails us!