The Psalms have brought tremendous comfort and guidance to so many for so long. Join me in taking a fresh look at each Psalm. As you read through them, I urge you to reflect, pray, and apply these devotional bits of encouragement to your own life. Today, we study and reflect on Psalms 91, 92, and 93.
Psalm 91 is a favorite Psalm to many, and for good reason. Life can be a storm and God is always there to be our shelter. We can feel attacked, rocked, mocked, and kicked around by life, but God is always our refuge and fortress. We can feel vulnerable, exposed, and powerless, but God is our protector and comforter. He is always faithful. We are never alone. We are never truly powerless because His power is available to us always. He is with you and for you today!
“Whoever 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.” — Psalms 91:1-4
Tucked away in verse 2 is a powerful life principle that leads to godliness. Do you see it? I’m talking about the phrase, “proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Starting and ending every day proclaiming, affirming, and honoring God is key to a living a godly life. Why? Because life is full. It’s busy, stressful, demanding, and distracting. We can get our eyes and minds off Christ and onto our problems, responsibilities, affections, and dreams and drift away from the Lord. Someone might be saying we need to praise God all day long. While that is true, too, starting and ending each day refocusing and redirecting my heart and mind on the Almighty is a good way to live life well while honoring Jesus every day. Recommit your heart and plans to the Lord. Proclaim Him each morning and each night. Remember His goodness, strength, wisdom, and love. As you do, ask Him to guide your steps daily and help you live your life to honor Him.
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts! But you, Lord, are forever exalted.” — Psalms 92:1-2, 4-5, 8
When you are on top, read this Psalm to stay humble and to remember your Source. When you feel you are at the bottom, read this Psalm to find hope and to remember your Provider and Protector. When you are somewhere in the middle, like most days, read this Psalm and remember the greatness of your God!
“The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty. Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.” — Psalms 93:1-5