Psalms 91:6, "Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday."
The most amazing thing about this Psalm is that there is one constant theme...Safety. God calls us into the secret place, under His Wings, covered with His feathers. He is a refuge, fortress, truth, a deliverer. We can trust Him, He assures us. He is called the MOST High, meaning there is no other higher than He. It follows, then, that as a deliverer, protector, shelter, we can have the assurance that when problems arise, He is there.
Darkness falls. The kids go to bed just like any other evening, ready for school in the morning. Then in the middle of the night, you are awakened by a call from another room. It's one of the girls. You rush in to find that your daughter has a high fever, something you did not even suspect earlier in the day. She had been so active. Supper was uneventful. But now, she is quite ill. What happened? Pestilence.
For some reason, unknown to you, you cannot sleep more than a few minutes at night. Each time you go to bed, you pray that THIS time sleep will be continuous, that you won't be tired yet again. But, again, you are awake after having only a couple hours of sleep. What is this about? These days someone would say that you are plagued by sleeplessness. They could be right. Pestilence.
In this verse, "Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;" we can once again have the assurance that we do not have to take this. The enemy chooses his fights carefully. He strikes at a time when you are at your lowest point. Late at night, the body is trying to regenerate through sleep. If a person is deprived of this, it cannot do so. If a person is susceptible to illness, the time for it to strike is late at night. But God says that we can live in His shadow, under His Wings. The first four verses have already given you the surety that you have His protection. In verse five, we learned that He tells us not to be afraid, commands it. If He commands it then it is certainly possible that we don't have to keep fear. It can be thrown off. It is a choice. I love that. We can CHOOSE not to be afraid of the pestilence in the dark. That stalker can't harm us!
Time is running out and you have to get to work. You are already late. By the time you do get there, the boss is in a mood and will not listen. This job is all the income you have. It is vitally important that it not be shaky. Regardless of what you do, the day is all wrong. Your friends can't understand you. The boss is on you about everything. Nothing works right. The machines break down when you touch them. Alarms sound in your head that something is totally out of whack but you can't put your finger on it. Then the boss put his finger on you. You are FIRED!! Destruction that wastes.
Your wife has had about all she can take of you and says so. You are totally mystified as to what she is talking about. Divorce comes into the conversation but no matter what you ask, she will not tell you the problem. You get angry and stomp out of the house. In a cooler moment, the kids come to mind, the fun you had with your wife, the love you share. Back into the house you go, yet she is still enraged at you for something. The kids hear the fight and are suddenly afraid that something awful is happening. Your wife cools down and so do you. But the damage is done. The children are in fear. Destruction that wastes.
Our Father says that we are not to be concerned with this. "nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." Because of the promises that God has made, we can go into that secret place, in the shelter of His shadow, under His Wings. Prayer is such a wonderful place, that secret place. Abiding (living) and tucked safely in the feathers of the Father, we can find that place of peace while the Most High God takes care of all things. Ask and it shall be given to you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
Isn't it time for you to ask, seek, and knock? God is waiting for you to grab hold of His promises. This Psalm is full of them. Reach out to the Lord and He will take hold of you. Ask Jesus into your heart and He will come and live in you. Seek His guidance and He will show you the way. Knock and the door opens to all that you can imagine and much that is beyond anything you can ask or think! Live in the surety that God is in charge and His safety is yours, just as the Psalm says. Go ahead, try it!
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Oh Lura, you are SO RIGHT! There is no better and safer place to dwell, than in the secret place of His presence. Your article is very encouraging and inviting. You have brought to light wonderful advantages of dwelling there. Blessings, Sharon