When I was about 12 years old, a friend and I were playing outside in my driveway when a few high school boys walked up. For no apparent reason, they began threatening my friend and me. They said nasty things and did everything they could to intimidate us until my friend found himself surrounded by two of the guys. He ran away, so I ran inside and told my Dad. My Dad is a big, tough guy. I will never forget the look on the faces of these bullies when he walked out of the house. Their faces clearly said, “oh no, we’ve messed with the wrong kid!”
The bullies literally ran away. As I watched them go, I yelled out, “YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT! DON’T MESS WITH ME OR MY FRIENDS ANYMORE! AND DON’T COME BACK! HAVE YOU SEEN MY DAD!?! HE’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE!” Their retreat felt like such a victory that day, and I felt so confident because I knew I had a dad who would protect me.
Psalm 91 describes God in different ways:
Almighty (v1), Most High (v9), Refuge (v9) are amazing descriptions of His strength and might and safety. It also speaks about His role as a parent protecting young children.
Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge: his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
All of Psalm 91 is basically the Psalmist yelling out to the enemy—have you seen my dad!?! He’s got my back. He won’t let me fall. He’s given me salvation!
We have an incredible, good Father.
Reflect: Read Psalm 91. When you read that God is Almighty and Most High in Psalm 91, what emotions does that stir in you? Can you recall a time when He protected you from the enemy?
Respond: Journal or share a passage that reiterates this idea of God, our Father.
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