I have been doing a study in the life of David with Cody these past few weeks. It has been remarkable to see that during opposition, David totally trusted in the Lord and did not see the need to speed up God’s timing in order to escape ridicule or persecution. God had a plan for David and if God says it, it will happen. Whether it was Saul pursuing him to kill him or his son Absalom, David showed a quiet confidence in the protection of the Lord and faithfully followed Him unswervingly.
David wrote a lot of Psalms that go through his real emotions as he was experiencing different trials. Psalm 91 is attributed to David. It looks like the heart of David as he reminds himself of the provision and protection of the Lord no matter what he may be going through.
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. Psalm 91:1-6
I love the promise within these few verses. He who dwells, abides, or remains in the shelter of the Most High will experience rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I can sit and ponder all the times when God’s presence came so near to me that all the cares of this world began to drop to the wayside. He is a place I can run to for protection. When I do, he will save me from places I can get ensnared, from the enemy who is hunting me down whether it be in a physical or spiritual sense. My God will cover me and give me a safe place behind a shield of protection. His faithfulness is my shield protecting me from the blows of the enemy.
Throughout the day I can choose to side with the Lord by remaining in Him through all circumstances that come my way. Praise the Lord for being true to His Word.
I couldn’t help but turn to this Psalm today because I just got off the phone with Barb Frost who said they changed Jack’s diagnosis to Pancreatic Cancer. It is during these kinds of diagnosis when you truly understand what it means to trust the Lord. Please pray for Jack and Barb Frost in the days ahead.
No matter what you are facing today, please remember to dwell in the shelter of the Most High so you can rest from the crippling worry of what tomorrow holds.
I missed being together at church this past Sunday. In the 18 years I have pastored here, we have cancelled twice on Sunday. There is nothing you can do when the county issues a level 3. Risking being arrested for being on the roads is not an option when it comes to safety. We are going to move our Believer’s Baptism back one week and have it on Sunday, February 3 in the morning services. I pray that the Lord stirs the heart of someone who needs to experience the waters of Baptism. It is good to follow the steps of Jesus and take a public stand for our faith.
I also want to remind you to be praying for what the Lord wants you to do during the month of fasting in February. Would you consider coming to the Front Row Ministry during this corporate fast? It happens every Wednesday during February between 6:30am and 7:30am. Let’s believe together that the Lord will break the chains that bind us from having spiritual breakthrough.
I pray that we will have a break in the weather and be able to come together to worship on Sunday. May God give you a sense of His peace today as you accomplish His will today.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene