Below you'll find the words of Psalm 91, a pertinent prayer considering all that is going on in the world and our country with the coronavirus. I pray these words to bring you comfort no matter what things are in your life right now causing you to fear.


When it comes to the concerns and warnings raised by health officials about the coronavirus, let's stay out of the ditches on either side. One ditch is to do nothing and just say, "God will take care of me. It's fine!" Remember that one of Satan's temptations of Jesus had to do with that very same thing. He used the verses of Psalm 91 to tempt Jesus to put himself in harm's way by jumping off the Temple because God says he will send his angels and nothing will harm you! Jesus told Satan to get lost with the words, "Don't put God to the test." Might we take the very same approach when it comes to this virus? Do the precautions. Listen to the warnings. Let's not put God to the test.


At the same time, we need to avoid the ditch of fear, anxiety, and hysteria. God provides his promises for a reason, to reassure and remind us he is always present with us and will preserve our lives now and forever!  God will protect you and keep you safe. That might mean you never get the virus and never get sick (v.9-12); it might mean you get sick and you get better (v.3-4); it might even mean you get sick and the sickness is the gateway to heaven (v.15-16). No matter what God has you and God's got this!


My prayer is you find the comfort you need in these verses. Your God loves you and promises to be with you, protect you, and save you. Find your refuge in him in all times of fear and worry.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Jeremy Belter

Pastor, Shepherd of the Valley Candelas


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