October 17, 2018
Psalm 91:9-16 New Living Translation (NLT)
What meaning do you think of when you hear the word “if”? The Hebrew word translated “if” literally means “because.” As believers in Christ Jesus, we have a covenant with God based on the promise God made to Abraham. We can enjoy everything God has promised, but those blessings are benefits based on obedience. So, as we read our passage today, pay attention to the first verse and the first word, as everything that follows is “because” we choose to operate in the Lord’s wisdom.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
Prayer: Lord, as I read the word “if” I realize it is a powerful word, because it calls me to understand my responsibility to you. Thank you for honoring me, covering me and protecting me as I trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.