This past week I received a call from my Optomitrist.  My appointment was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date!  Then the receptionist used the words: due to the Covid-19 outbreak you are in the demographic that is most vulnerable.

Most VULNERABLE, I have to admit I never thought of myself as most vulnerable.  But it has been shown that we all vulnerable.  This virus outbreak has placed an uncertainty, a fear to spring up into our every day living!  While shopping in Superstore yesterday, a woman almost went into panic mode because she slipped into my physical distancing space going down the crowded grocery aisle.

A number of years ago I heard a story of  a commander in the army during the First World War.  He printed out a little card for each of his men to repeat every day.  It was Psalm 91! 

The story goes that after they started praying this prayer they were involved in three of the bloodiest battles in WWI yet suffered no casualties in combat despite other brigades suffering as much as 90%.

 Psalm 91 may have much to say to us today as we go through these uncertain times and it can indeed be a great encouragement to us.

The psalm is of a constant theme throughout about taking refuge in God and His protecting us when we do so.

1 Whoever 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.

Psalm 91:1-8 (NIV)

This psalm is a truly bold declaration of trust in God.  The writer of the psalm says that if you take refuge in God he will keep you safe – no exceptions.  God will keep us safe from – traps, disease, terrors of the night, war and death.  Such is the confidence of this psalm that it goes to the extreme of saying that a thousand or even ten thousand may fall beside you yet you will remain untouched if you refuge in God.  That is bold trust.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honour him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91:9-16 (NIV)

Today, you too maybe feeling vulnerable.  Let us do our part, and Let God do His part. 

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Be safe! Be well

In Christ:
Rev. Merv Lanctot