Mark Affleck

I Kept Reading PSALM 91 Until It Changed Me

May 8, 2020
Spiritual Growth

A mentor and dear friend of mine halfway across the country just told me a story he calls “THE HARDEST DAY OF MY LIFE.” His powerful words and images stirred my emotions profoundly as I looked outside the window of my life and saw COVID-19 tanks rolling through and over everything everywhere.

His story got me thinking hard about PSALM 91 and how much it resonates in “modern” 21st Century life, especially TODAY with a global pandemic breathing heavily down our necks.
I also contemplated how we all need to be turned upside down at least once in life to loosen our grip on human expectations and curb our insatiable lust for control.
We can call it the worst day of our life…or the hardest day…or the darkest day. The name doesn’t matter. What matters is that God uses it in our life.
Left to our own ways and assumptions, we would never see our darkest day as the opportunity to experience the joy of Christ. The lying voice in our head tricks us into screaming: “I did not sign up for this!” as we hunt for easy and run from hard.
But God will deliver us on our hardest day and every other day, too.
He has a powerful plan today for this episode in the history of pandemics striking the world. We WILL see and feel his DELIVERANCE, not just see it on a cable news crawl or hear Keith Morrison’s distinctive voice describe it in a dramatic episode of Dateline.
Yes, we WILL feel its palpable power. Know its timeless truth. Squeeze its sublime safety.
We will never forget it, IF we choose to remember it.
I thank God for the sweeping promises we receive in Psalm 91 and ask him to help me trust them through all my days, including the most difficult.
When will you read Psalm 91?
“Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust. He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight.” Psalm 91:1-6  

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