I fear for our country. I know I am not alone. I listen to talk radio and my blood boils. I watch gas prices mysteriously fall before the election and shake my head, wondering how people don’t see what’s really going on. I hear about Fast and Furious and an executive branch seemingly untouchable by any constitution or law. The Supreme Court offers one concession to states with its ruling on the Arizona immigration law, yet there will be no enforcement should an illegal immigrant be detained, so really, the states got nothing but stripped. The healthcare law is called constitutional. Has anyone in government read the constitution lately? With each executive order and legislative strong-arm, individual liberty takes a blow. Government expands in size and power. The concessions offered the American public come with a price. The agenda of the few dictate the freedoms of the many.
Things don’t look good.
Then I read Psalm 91, and God reminds me that I always have a safe place: Him.
No matter what happens with the election or with our country – the economy, healthcare, immigration, debt, jobs, terrorism, military strength (or lack thereof), religious freedom, etc. – His word…His report…does not change. Our only source of salvation individually and as a nation always has been and always will be Jesus Christ. And when we dwell in Him – in the secret place of the Most High – His word is our truth.
If you are His, Psalm 91 is yours:
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.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, on evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love on Me, therefore, I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 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 live I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
Protection. Hope. Peace. All things government can’t deliver, but God can. And when He saves us by grace through faith, we have but one simple task: to abide in His presence. To remain there. To make our home in His shelter. And to never leave. To hide under His covering.
It is there we will find:
a net and stronghold
One we can trust
rescue from snares, calamities, and those who inflict them
a shield of truth
a force field
a place in the audience
immunity to evil and plague
a personal angelic special ops team
an untouchable elevation
the companionship of the Father
Why would we seek security anywhere else, most especially from government?
Lord, may your children seek peace and safekeeping in Christ alone as we become more wholly Yours.