During this times of COVID 19 pandemic referring to the book of Psalms every time am faced with fear has given me lot of confidence that our God still cares. That when we face life-threatening circumstances, such as a pandemic, we can be sure that God will deliver us, whether in life or in death

In this time when you may be finding yourself with more time on your hands then you know what to do with, take some time to rest in the stillness of God.  Let this be a time to renew your love for God and trust that God is going to be exalted through what’s going on.

I found Psalm  138 and 91 so encouraging and I want to share it with you all to remind you not to give in to the panic and fear like so many have, but to keep trusting in God during this time.

Psalm 138:7-8

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.  Do not forsake the work of your hands.”  

We aren’t facing the same troubles as the Psalmist but we sure are facing many troubles.  For some this virus is life-threatening.  For others, the order to stay at home is trouble in itself.  With businesses closing, many people are finding themselves in a financial crisis.  But whatever the trouble is, God says that he will always preserve our life.  God’s not a God who lets things just happen and leaves us on our own to fend for ourselves.  God is a God who protects us.  He promises to keep us safe amidst the most dangerous of situations.  And He has a plan for everything!  His purposes will not fail.  The outbreak of COVID-19 isn’t messing with God’s plans, rather, the COVID-19 is a part of God’s plan for this world.  God is in control, we can trust Him.

Psalm 91:1-16

  1. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
  3. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, And from the perilous pestilence.
  4. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
  5. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
  6. Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
  7. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
  8. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
  9. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
  10. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
  11. For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
  12. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
  13. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
  14. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
  15. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
  16. With [f]long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” 

It is amazing how these are great words of comfort, speaking of God as the protector of those who trust in Him. However, these words which would give me much comfort might seem less efficient or untrue to some who lost loved ones during this current pandemic. But Psalm 91 can be a great comfort. That when we face life-threatening circumstances, such as a pandemic, we can be sure that God will deliver us, whether in life or in death. An example is when Satan quoted Psalm 91:11-12 at the time of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. Satan challenged Jesus to throw himself from the top of a hill, trying to convince Jesus that he will get divine deliverance according to the Psalm. Jesus didn’t fall for the temptation because He knew that the promise of Psalm 91 had to be fulfilled in His life through his suffering and death on the cross of Calvary. Psalm 91 was not Jesus’ excuse for avoiding the cross; rather that scripture was His reason for going to the cross.

The author of this Psalms emphasizes God’s protection for those who know Him personally. But God never promised in the New Testament that we will escape sickness, suffering, or even death. Rather, we are promised God’s grace and strength to face whatever comes our way (Luke 21:16-18).

The last 2 verses of Psalm 91 summarise the aim for God’s protection — to save us eternally. God has made provision for the greatest rescue and honour. There remains a sure guarantee to satisfy us with everlasting life and show us His salvation.

I wanted to just share a few other verses with you all that have comforted me during this trying/interesting time.  May these verses help you keep trusting God and find peace in God rather than turning to anxiety and fear.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 

I’m sure you’re familiar with this popular verse about trusting in God.  It’s one we can cling to during this time.  May it encourage you to keep trusting in God during this time.  He’s got a plan for all of that’s going on.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

When our plans fail, we can take comfort in knowing that God’s plans never fail.  We can plan all we want but God is the one working and everything happening is a part of His plan.  Even this virus is a part of His plan for us.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25

We have no reason to be anxious and worry.  God is looking out for us.  He takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, how much more does He care for you and me.  We can rest in God and let go of all our worries.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7

God’s peace can be ours during this time!  When you take your worries and anxieties to God he will give you his peace.  If your struggling with worry go to God in prayer and thank God for all the good things He’s done for you and ask Him for His peace during this time.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” Deuteronomy 7:9

God is faithful!  He has been faithful to all his children throughout every generation. Spend some time dwelling on God’s faithfulness to you and trust that He is going to be faithful in this situation too.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

God knows all of your needs and He will take care of them.  If you’re out of toilet paper, God even knows about that need and He can provide that for you too.  Don’t let yourself be caught up in worrying about your needs, rather take them to God and He will provide for you.

 

Comforting thought for the month

When we face life-threatening situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we can rest assured that for those who dwell under the shadow of the Almighty God, there will be deliverance and recovery whether in life or in death. The assurance for us children of God from Almighty God in the bible is not a long, trouble-free, pandemic-free life on this present earth, but assurance that those who receive the lordship of Christ will escape the wrath of God which transcends our present experience.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I will end with this sweet reminder from Jeremiah.  God has a beautiful plan for us.  Even when so many plans of ours are being changed or dashed completely, God’s plans will always remain the same.  God’s plans for you and me are good!  God is using all that’s going in the world with the COVID-19 for his good purposes.  So let’s choose to trust God during this time and rest in the promises that God gives us in his word.