As I am aging rapidly, it is natural that I would be thinking about death. I must admit that at times, a deep fear has entered my heart and each time, God has spoken clearly to me that I do not need to fear. I have even started reciting the prayer from my childhood each night, “Now I lay me down to sleep…and if I die before I awake, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.” Then I sleep peacefully. Today, the Lord spoke clearly to my heart that I need not fear and He gave me these words to shelter in.
I am daily putting more of God’s Word into my heart. It touched me deeply at last week’s funeral when the chaplain proclaimed that although my deceased friend suffered from dementia, he could still recite Scriptures. He had the Word hidden in his heart so that it was a part of him that even a brain tumor could not take away.
Psalm 91 was my meditation this morning. I needed to be reminded that God is my shelter, always. I can rest in His shadow. Thinking about that, I realized that no one can see me if I am under His wings or in His shadow. There, I need not fear anything, even my final enemy, which is death. God is right there with me, putting His everlasting and loving arms around me. No matter what happens next, He is my shield and refuge. He is my place of safety. When I was a small child and being verbally and sometimes even physically attacked by my mom, I remember hiding in what was called the “little bathroom.” It was really a powder room. But there, I remember singing to myself, “Jesus Loves Me.” I was a child and I trusted God to take care of me…as an adult, can I do any less?
God’s faithful promises are my protection. His Word is true. I love Him and as a child of the King, I know that He will answer me when I call on Him. Just as He comforted me as a child, He comforts me today. In the past, He rescued me from all of my fears. He will rescue me from all of my fears in the future. He is rescuing me from all of my fears now. He is the Omniscient, Omnipresent and gracious God. Now I have reminded myself of these truths. I hope that those you read these words will be blessed by the presence of God and know that there is NO FEAR for those who rest in the Lord.