[The psalms] give us God-inspired models of praise and prayers, teaching us to be brutally authentic when communing with our Creator. Worshipers express their deepest emotions by delighting in God’s beautiful gifts or at other times accusing Him of abandonment.
God certainly answers prayer and can indeed instantly anticipate any needed divine protection; however, “God wants us to trust his wisdom rather than to trust that he will yield to our wisdom. There is nothing too hard for God, but we cannot dictate which hard thing he should do.”
Yahweh’s name expresses not only his heart for protection imaged within this one psalm, but all the attributes the Israelites had experienced throughout their nation’s history, individually and corporately. Yahweh is the compassionate Deliverer, a gentle Shepherd, and the One Who sees each one.
When we affirm our confidence in God’s character during times of terror or within a pandemic, we take our lives out of the control of the powers and authorities in this world and place our souls within the hands of our good and loving Heavenly Father.
What do we miss from a passage like Psalm 91 if we simply “claim the promise” rather than taking the time to study and understand the passage?
How can we encourage those around us when we do hear them utilizing verses in ways that might not be the intention of the passage?