“He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day,” (Psalm 91:4-5)
Today we remember the great loss our country as a whole felt on 9/11. Despite attempts to make the country more secure, the threat remains scarcely abated. What should the Christian’s response be? In our text above, we see we have no cause for fear. The physical danger may be real, but our Lord promises protection in tender words likened to a mother bird’s care for her young. Our ultimate deliverance is guaranteed by His sure promises. Trust in His power and truth sustains us as surely as would a shield and buckler.
Our hope cannot ultimately rest in mere military might. God does not promise temporal safety to all, for there have been millions who have succumbed to undeserved violence. Our last hope is of a different order, firmly grounded in “the LORD, my shelter” (v. 9). He responds to our trust and worship with the promise “I will satisfy him with long [better translated as ‘eternal’] life, and will let him see my salvation” (v. 16). Much more interested in our response to troubles than in our deliverance, He desires us to believe and serve Him, all the while trusting Him, even in perilous times.
A New Testament application of this principle can be found in 1 Peter 3:14: “But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken.” The remedy? “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” (1 Peter 3:15).
The Lord Jesus Christ is Himself our example and inspiration. “Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up.” (Hebrews 12:3). Fixing our eyes upon Him, we have no cause for fear.