Year C- 21 Sunday after Pentecost – Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

Text –
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.

14 Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.

15 When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.

16 With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

Summary – The Psalmist here is describing peace that comes from resting in God’s protection. Those who live in God’s shelter will receive his protection. This protection is described as being like a bird who spreads it’s wings and pinions over it’s chicks to protect them from prey or the elements. Those who trust in God will not have to fear any danger, whether it comes in the night, or in the daytime. In verse 14, the psalm switches from a person speaking to God speaking. In verses 14-16 God promises that he will deliver, protect and always be with his people in their troubles. He promises and answer those who call out to him, and promises to send his salvation.

Insight – What is something that you worry about or are scared of? Whether it’s something as simple as being alone in the dark or maybe loud thunderstorms to something more grave such as serious illness or death, this psalm tells us that we do not need to be afraid. Nothing is outside of God’s power. Now does this mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us? No it does not. If we look at the entire book of the Psalms we see that bad things do happen. But these things never happen apart from God’s presence. In the midst of troubles or dangers of life, where do we look for help? Do we pray to God who promises to be with us in our trouble. Do we look to Jesus Christ, who has showed us how much he loves and cares for us by dying on the cross? By looking, and meditating on this sacrificial love of God that we can be sure that “neither death, or life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus our Lord.” Nothing can separate us from God, and thus we are protected from all the dangers of life.

Catechism – What happens to those who cry out to God, when they are in trouble? God will always answer them.

Question – What are some ways that you often respond when you are facing trouble or hardship? How might thinking about the love of God, in Christ change how you respond to your hardships?

Prayer – Heavenly Father, our Lord and Protector, we thank you that you so preserves us that without your will, not even a hair can fall from our heads. We thank you for your love that you showed on the cross, and we ask that you would be with us in our day of trouble, that you would protect us in our hardships, and that we would have boldness in the face of your enemies, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Contributed by Jared McNAbb

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