Psalm 91: God’s umbrella of protection
Peggy Joyce Ruth
Better Living Ministries
P.O. Box 1549
Brownwood, Texas 76804-1549
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On one life-changing Sunday in the mid-1950's Peggy Joyce Ruth was suddenly faced with the unpredictability and uncertainty of life. A deacon in her church had quite suddenly been diagnosed with leukemia. The author, arrived home numb and in a state of shock. She wondered out loud, “Lord, is there any way to be protected from all the evils that are coming on the earth?” She did not expect God to answer her. But within several seconds she had fallen asleep. While asleep, she dreamt of being in a field and hearing the words: “In your day of trouble, call upon Me, and I will answer you!” She did not know what the words meant, nor did she know where they came from, but she felt a joy within her and was convinced that the words were the keys to her safety. As providence would have it. The next day she would listen to a tape by Shirley Boone. The tape referred her to Psalm 91. She reached for a Bible and there were the reassuring words in verse 15. Since then, her childlike and deep spiritual trust in the power of Psalm 91 has saved her family, friends and countless strangers from emotional and physical dangers, sorrows and all manner of trouble.
Peggy Joyce Ruth wants to prove that Psalm 91 is more than a sweet sentimental comfort. It has the power, if one understands and believes God’s precious promises or being a covenant of protection and God’s saving power. The twenty-one chapters in this faith-building book examine deal with the verses of this precious psalm. The first chapter, for instance, describes the spiritual meaning of the phrase “the shelter of the most high.” The shelter is no mere poetic phrasing, but a literal place of physical safety. Chapter Two reminds the reader that the verse says, “I will say of the Lord, “He is My Refuge and My Fortress, My God in Whom I trust.” Ruth iterates and reiterates the importance of speaking one’s trust in God. Mentally agreeing that God is good, powerful, and gracious is not enough, believers must speak their trust in their Heavenly Father. The author believes that trusting God’s protection can keep people FROM harm. But she also believes that the Psalm also protects people IN harm; the last verse of Psalm 91 is “I will show them My ability to save.” The book ends with testimonies to the power of believing this psalm. Both children and adults have been saved from death, deformity, and disability by their own faith and by the faith of intercessors who have trusted God’s revealed promises in this psalm.
Peggy Joyce Ruth does an excellent job of sharing the power of Psalm 91. The conversational tone of the book, along with the exposition of the meaning of each verse will ease the anxious fears of many believers. The book shows that Psalm 91 not only calms fears but it is effectual in saving the believer’s body, soul and mind from all dangers that mind attack. I highly recommend this book, and Psalm 91.
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