Feb. 19 – Tuesday                                                        Read Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

 

from Wesley Howsare, First Christian Church, Moundsville

            During the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, the devil used part of this passage in an attempt to trick our Lord.  But Jesus responded–and defeated the devil–by not accepting the devil’s wrong application of God’s Word and using other parts of the Hebrew text to point out the error of the devil’s seduction.  But how many of us could deflect such attacks by using the shield of the Word?  Whether for offensive purposes, like spreading the Good News of salvation to others, or defensive purposes, like fighting off the arrows that are shot our way by others, a fundamental understanding of the Bible is essential for Christian living.  During this Lenten period of introspection and preparation, let us spend time with the Word of God as we continue to do battle with principalities and powers.

As we read and reflect on your Word,

may your Holy
Spirit open our minds to the understanding of those scriptures for our preparation, edification, and protection.

 

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