I teach the young adult Sunday school class each week. God lead me, the first part of July, to study Psalm 91 for the class. I have gotten so much out of this chapter tucked away in Psalm. So, today as I set in my little closet of worship, listening to the much needed rain hit the windows, I’m prompted to write this short article, I feel someone needs to read this, possibly at a low point in their lives.
When our youngest son, Anthony, was 18 months old, he had yet another ear infection. I had taken him to the doctor that morning. I came home and gave him his medication, then handed him to his grandma so I could fix a sandwich. It wasn’t long until I noticed she seemed overly concerned for Tony. She snatched him from her chest where he had been sleeping and shook him a little.
She looked at me and said, Glennette your baby is not breathing. She ran from room to room with him praying, “God help me to remember what to do.” I laid my hands on his little body, lips turning blue and pleaded with my heavenly Father to heal my baby. I then ran for the phone to get some help.
Mom finally laid him on the floor and proceeded with CPR on him. Then for some reason she turned him on him tummy and rubbed his back, he took his first breath. He had not breathed for over five minutes.
Why do I tell you this story? Because in Psalm 91:3 and verse 6 both state that God will spare us from the deadly pestilence. I had never been sure of what pestilence was. I thought maybe it had something to do with bugs and things that attack crops. But as I studied this, I found that pestilence is diseases that attack the human body.
Tony had a seizure from a high fever. This is what caused him to stop breathing. The high fever was caused by an infection that had attacked his little body. God said that we would not have to suffer pestilence, not once in this chapter but twice. When God says something more than once, especially in verses so close to each other, He is saying, “Pay attention, listen, do what I say.”
So how do we go about claiming the promises that are found in Psalm 91? We have to do what it says to do in verses 1-2. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Just like you have to physically get up and start your day, you have to take your body and soul and go to the shelter that God offers. You have to say verbally out loud with your mouth, coming from your heart of heart of hearts, “God you are my refuge, you are my fortress and I choose to trust in you.”
Does this mean things will always go our way? No, but we serve a God that loves us and wants what is best for us and for our family. The promises in Psalm 91 cover all your family and all those that you pray for. Read verse 10, it says that, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” Who is in your tent? Your family and friends. God promises that He will keep all evil from your home.
Ladies, stand on the promises of God. Read Psalm 91 daily, and when the storms of life surround you, quote this to God. He is faithful and will always do what He says He will do.
Father in heaven above, cover my sisters and their homes with your shelter, your protection. Amen.