Today’s Reading: Psalm 91
Growing up in a Christian family, I learned from the time I was a small child that I should trust God. It was a message that was reinforced both at home and in church. Now, it is a message that I find myself sharing with others, especially in times of discernment, uncertainty, or sorrow. Throughout scripture, we find assurance that our God is trustworthy. Take a few minutes and reflect on some of these passages:
Joshua 1:9; Psalm 23; Psalm 121; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 43:2; Jeremiah 29:11; Lamentations 3:25; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-31; John 14:25-27; Romans 8:38-39; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Hebrews 13:5b-6
Perhaps the scripture that has been most meaningful to me is Psalm 91. When I was in 5th grade, I had a scary experience and it left me with nightmares for a time. An older cousin shared Psalm 91 with me and invited me to read it and recite it each time I felt afraid. It became a nightly routine for me. I found great comfort in it; it made me feel safe and protected and brave. As I grew and my faith grew, I continued to read and pray the psalm, but it took on a new, deeper meaning. It began to speak to me not only of my physical safety, but also of my emotional and spiritual safety. It has become a reminder of God’s presence with me, each step of the way. It speaks to me of the deep relationship God desires with me and of God’s care and compassion.
I invite you to read and pray Psalm 91 tonight. I hope that it speaks to your heart as it speaks to mine and that it inspires trust in God afresh.
“Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.” – John R. Stott