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Great Comfort

By Rick Remmers, President, Chesapeake Conference 

There are many scripture passages so broad and deep in addressing human need that many generations of Christians have found comfort and hope in them. Among these great passages is Psalm 91. It opens with a combination of invitation and promise: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” (vv. 1–2, NKJV).

We are assured that we can not only visit, but also set up residency in the closest proximity to our God. Being in His shadow is a guarantee that we are never far from Him, as He is aware of our needs and able to quickly respond. The imagery of a fortress is used to describe the strength and impenetrable defense provided by God. Regardless of the attacks of the enemy in our lives, we find safety and refuge in our God.

The following verses in Psalm 91 paint many word pictures of God’s protection and culminate with the exclamation, “He shall 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 I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation” (vv. 15–16).

In rapid succession, we are given four precious promises. First, God will answer us when we call out to Him. Second, God will be with us in our times of trouble. Third, God will deliver us. Fourth, God will give us a long life, that is, salvation and eternal life. Whatever great crisis comes our way, we are fortified by the presence and power of God. 

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