The Shelter of the Most High
Psalm 91 (ESV)1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
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 look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place--
the Most High, who is my refuge--
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5.10
As we seek to live a godly life in obedience to Christ, we will at times find those around us who do not like it. During the days of the Protestant reformation, there was much persecution of those who were seeking a purer form of biblical reality in their lives and in their communities. Today even Catholic theologians acknowledge that much of what happened in the Reformation was necessary and good, that gross errors had come into the Church and needed to be corrected. Often transformation for good comes with immense opposition.
Today, research shows that the most persecuted group of people globally are Christians, people who call themselves by the name of Christ and are seeking to follow after him. The numbers are staggering. It is happening in many countries and among many ethnic groups. In a number of settings, taking a stand for Jesus Christ, being baptized and choosing to align with Christ brings immediate persecution, and sometimes death. We are seeing this in a number of places where we work, and let us pray for the courage and the faith of those who are spreading the message of Christ, knowing that this kind of opposition is what they are facing. And let us pray for those who are coming to faith in Christ, and facing this kind of persecution.