He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge‐
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Protection is important to me. I know that I cannot protect myself from people, disasters, ridicule, slander, or evil. That scares me. I cannot look to myself to fight off the enemy in any way. I will always be defeated. I feel a bit defeated even admitting that to myself and you. I grow weary realizing that my fights are futile when fought alone.
But this Psalm gives me hope. This Psalm gives me strength. This Psalm rejuvenates my soul. God is my warrior, my weapon, my sanctuary. It is He who fights alongside me and picks up my sword when I can no longer carry it. When my armor feels heavy and wears me down, I always have a resting place in the arms of my Father. He always protects my heart because He will never fail me. Even if I walk away, His faithfulness will continue. He sends out angels to walk with me during my day just because He loves me. I have my very own body guards! That…that comforts me in my darkest moments.
He provides shelter for me in my storms. A place to where I can run to find warmth, safety, and love. A refuge from the hardships of today and tomorrow. In Him I can lay down and rest while He wraps me in His arms.
But mostly, I love the words the Lord speaks at the end of this Psalm. All I have to do is love Him and look at all He wants to do for me. He wants to protect me; He wants to answer me; He wants to walk with me through my troubles; He wants to honor me and give me a long, full life.
His love goes deeper than I know. His protection surrounds me all day. He offers me a place to rest while He guards me. How can I do anything BUT love Him?