He is a Fortress


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The Ramparts of Jerusalem

The pressures of life can be a bit much at times.  It is precisely at those moments when it is beginning to overwhelm, that we can take a step back and put it all into perspective.

The Psalmist did this in the opening verses of Psalm 91.  It is a reminder that it is God that is in control, and that He preserves His people.

Psalm 91

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday (verses 1-6).”

While the passage has some great metaphors, the message is clear.  God will, and does help. Whether it is in the face of those who seek to entrap or deceive you (the fowler’s  or hunter’s snare), or the pestilence of disease, corruption, or accident, God will protect. Like a mother hen wrapping its wings (“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge”) around its chicks, He is vigilant. His love for us, and the steadfastness of His promises are both a shield (a personal defense) and a rampart (a wall that protects many).  God is good.


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