Daily Devotional: Psalms 91:1-8
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 Surely, he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
We live in some very uncertain times with all kinds of turmoil around us. But what we see is nothing compared to the ungodliness of the Roman Empire when John penned the words of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. John was in exile on a remote island for preaching the gospel. Jesus said for him (and other believers of his time) to not be afraid because he was still in control over life and death.
Regardless of how bad things may seem at times we have the assurance that God will never forsake us and that Jesus is near. While we do not see him with our physical eyes, by faith we can not only see him but hold his hand as we walk each day and face each trial. Whatever pestilence or plague may come, Jesus has the power to destroy it and to protect us in the midst of it.
So today, we give thanks to God for our redemption in Jesus Christ. We praise him for the freedoms we enjoy that we do not even realize we have when compared to many other nations of the world. We thank him for the technology he has allowed mankind to develop and all the good that comes from it. We glorify the name of Jesus, our Great Physician, our Savior and our dearest friend.
Heavenly Father I do give you thanks for all you do for me and all you have given me in more ways than I can count. Keep me from being selfish and give me a heart of compassion, kindness and love. Help me see every opportunity you give for me to share with others and to help both physically and spiritually. Be with your people, wherever they are in this world and protect them from the evil one as he seeks to destroy your church. Give me wisdom to use my freedoms and the technology available to me to reach the lost. I pray in Jesus name.