I was not yet saved when God revealed Himself to me through Psalm 91. My ex-husband and I owned a moving and delivery company and had hired 3 men as contract labor. One of the men had become so unreliable that we had to let him go. We learned in a very dramatic way that anger, resentment and booze are a toxic mix.
Harassing calls started the night we fired him. They came every five minutes all through the night, for weeks on end. After weeks of disturbed sleep and hundreds of threats to our lives, fear gripped me and destroyed my peace of mind. The calls ended the night he came to visit.
As we sat watching television, my ex-husband suddenly looked toward the door and said“He’s out there”. I shivered at the thought of the ‘night caller’being outside my door, but I peeked outside anyway. Barely visible in the shadows, we saw him violently slashing our truck tires. He looked up when he heard us shouting, and took off running when he saw my ex charging toward him.
Fear overwhelmed me as I thought about the things he’d threatened to do to me and my boys. I walked back to the house feeling totally vulnerable and out of control. My body began to shake uncontrollably as I paced around the room trying to get a grip on my emotions. That is when I noticed the neglected bible on my shelf. I grabbed hold of the book with shaky hands and aimlessly opened it up. I leaned against the corner of the room with opened book in hand, my knees buckled and I fell into an awkward squat on the floor.
In sheer desperation I began to shout out these words…
Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.”
God will save you from hidden traps and from deadly diseases.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide.
His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day.
You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon.
At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt.
You will only watch and see the wicked punished.
The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety.
Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home.
He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go.
They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.
You will walk on lions and cobras; you will step on strong lions and snakes.
The Lord says,“Whoever loves me, I will save. I will protect those who know me.
They will call to me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give them a long, full life, and they will see how I can save.”
Without pausing I cried out to God…”Please do something about this man. Take him away from our lives so that he never bothers us again. Deal with him God, please! I don’t know what to do.”
Then the phone rang.
One of our other employees, and this man’s room-mate, called to let us know that the disgruntled employee had returned to their apartment after slashing our tires. He was ranting and raving, causing such a commotion, that the police had been dispatched. When they arrived, he fought them off; inflicting serious injury to one of the officers. He was charged with assault and sentenced to 3 years.
Three years later our phone rang. I picked it up to hear the all too familiar voice on the other end. Before I had a chance to say anything, he apologized for the harm he had done. He wanted us to know that we would never have a problem with him again. We didn’t.
God wanted me to know that He was watching out for us. He put Psalm 91 in front of my eyes because I didn’t know it was there. In this‘protection Psalm of the bible’God tells us that when we rely on Him He will deliver us from every known evil. So what is there to fear?
Fear is one of Satan’s best tricks. He fills our minds with worst case possibilities that take our attention away from our true source of power and protection. Fear paralyzes us into inactivity, and jumbles our thoughts so that we can’t even find the words to pray. Fear makes us believe that our problems are bigger than they really are. If you are tormented by fear, worry or anxiety please read Psalm 91 as soon as you get up and before bedtime.
God is willing and able to protect you. Do you believe that? Tell Him so.
Then run to Him, cuddle up and rest your weary mind. He won’t ever let you go.