From March 6th, 2020
Worried about the corona virus? Stressed over the news reports of what is happening in the world around us. Here is good news if you choose to believe it. These are promises. Promises from God are sure and certain. Always yes and Amen. He doesn’t lie, fail, or change.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
**** I am promised rest which goes hand in hand with peace. There is safety and comfort in his shadow (V1-3). The promises he has made towards me are as sure and secure as armor and as soft and gentle as a feather. Within these promises (armor) I am safe from all attack and I can sleep in perfect peace (V4-5). I am commanded not to fear the threat of disease (V3, 6, 7, 10, 11) though others are dying around me I am promised safety (V7).
**** Those who do not have the Lord do not enjoy these benefits and they are wide open to the calamity that I am shielded from. I am safe inside His protective covering as His angels walk beside me, clearing my path and holding back the darkness and disease from my home; while giving me power to trample on the enemy’s forces (V9-13). He, almighty God promises to protect those who love Him and trust Him. He will always answer our calls, protect us, and even give us honor in the midst of a world that is collapsing around us (v14-15).
****Ultimately, He promises Salvation and a long and satisfying life.