Psalm 91 has always been part of my life. My parents would recite it with us every day as we were growing up.
As a child, it was just a rote recitation. Just something we did every day.
As an adult, those verses come back to me again and again during particular times of need to bolster my spirits.
Particular to this time with the corona virus seeming larger than life to many people, the 10th verse says, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
The first section of the chapter talks about the one who trusts in the Lord, then it goes on to give comfort to that person in the midst of pestilence, wars, terrors, destruction, plagues, venomous snakes, and more.
Believe what you will, I am convinced that for my family and me, the Lord has kept back many evil things that could have happened to us as we have trusted in him.
I’m not blind to evil in this world, or the hard times that good people go through, and we have had some hard trails to walk. I don’t have all the answers for that except to say that Jesus never promised an easy-peasy journey to his followers.
He did say that he would never leave us or forsake us. Trust in him and looking to the Bible for guidance in daily life is what keeps us from the evil that could befall us.
Righteous living has its own reward of being on solid ground, not falling into, and suffering the consequences of, sin.
(Notice I said “righteous” not “self-righteous?” HUGE difference.)
Whatever comes our way, whatever life throws at us, we can rest securely in the Lord’s protection and guidance through it all.