Some thoughts on fear

During the past few weeks, the media has extensively covered the coronavirus situation. While of course, it is important to take precautions, just as one should for flu, I also believe that during this time, it is important to rest on God’s promises in scripture.

Psalm 91 is one that is especially appropriate. Below, I have copied it, with the bold print my own emphasis. This psalm promises that if we put our trust in God, and dwell in Him (as occurs when we become Christians; we are then in Christ), that He will protect us.

I have heard several online videos about what the virus is supposed to mean. I choose not to share my own opinion here, but do feel that being in fear is not the answer. Instead, trusting the promises of (the true) God, that He will take care of us, is. As believers, we have great authority, and that includes over fear; we can choose to experience peace, and not panic.

My prayer is that this psalm is a blessing to each who reads it; it is very appropriate during this time.

Psalm 91

He who 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.You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will 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 will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”