Scripture: Psalm 91:1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, 6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Observation: Like so many of the psalms, this one is written to remind God’s people of the covenant protection they enjoy. Ironically, these kinds of psalms were often written in times of trouble.
Application: This passage reminds me of two of my dearest friends and spiritual mentors, a woman named Nita and her sister/friend Rini. They were two close friends who became key prayer leaders in the church I planted in San Antonio. I didn’t know it when I met them, but they would go on to teach me just about everything I know about prayer and intercession and the work of the Holy Spirit. Neither had a theological degree or any fancy title, but they shaped me in ways that continue to impact me today.
Sometimes we pastors get the idea there are only certain kinds of people who can teach us. Other pastors, for instance. Or seminary professors or other “experts”. I have found this to be a false notion. God places teachers in our lives all the time, many of whom are not people we would expect.
Prayer: Lord, you put people into our lives for purposes large and small – in ways that can be unexpected. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear them. Amen.