Faithful featuring Robin Pasley
In Psalm 91 the Psalmist chooses to use a variety of physical words to describe God's faithfulness. (refuge, shield, rampart, fortress, dwelling). These warfare-words help paint a clear picture of a tactile, all-seeing God who seeks to both reveal Himself to us and actively take care of us.
In verse 4 the Psalmist uses the words shield and rampart to help us understand how God's faithfulness amply meets all our needs. A shield was specifically crafted for a warrior's unique fighting style and physical frame and was meant to deflect and protect on the battlefield. A rampart offers the opposite protection as a communal space where an entire community with a variety of needs can find safety. The faithfulness of God is both intimate and personal as well as vast and communal.
What needs do you have today? Read Psalm 91 to see if your needs can be met by God.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”