Scripture: Psalm 91
Key verses: (1-2) “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Reflection: It is easy to trust God when life is going well. In the sunshine of our days, when we are at ease, we do not fear the terror of the night. The real test comes when fear, danger or darkness move into our world. Our hope is that no evil will befall us, but that wish is challenged in news about people we love who are forced to face a difficult diagnosis, accident, or life altering change.
In her book Little Women, Louise May Alcott observed that, “Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow . . .” Most of us hope that we will never have to deal with the shadow, even though we know that such a time can’t be avoided. In reality, we are faced with the shadow side of life every day in one way or another. So how are we to live? This psalm is a powerful reminder of where we are to place our ultimate trust. If God is our refuge and our strength, the psalmist assures us that we will be able to survive. The psalm doesn’t say we won’t experience any problems or pain at all, but we have someone greater than ourselves to turn to. As we move through the struggles of life, we have a God who is guarding us, bearing us up, and loving us in the midst of the ups and downs of life.
Are you living in the sunshine or shadows today? Hear this promise from our God:
“Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them and show them my salvation.” (Psalm 91: 15-16)
This is how the psalm ends. It is a powerful reminder to all who seek to follow Jesus Christ and place their lives in God’s hands. Trouble will come, but God will be with us. Seek to live in the shelter of God’s faithful love every day. Trust this love and know that you are not alone.
Prayer: Abiding Lord, forgive us for forgetting you until we need you. Help us to live our lives under the shelter of your love sharing the faith you have given us by serving you and serving others. For those living in the shadows today, extend your mercy and give them peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].