A lot of you know, if you’ve read my blog before, that I am an Army wife (retired) at this point. Well, my husband retired almost 2 years ago now. But I have a son, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law who are all Soldiers still. Plus we have so many friends and former comrades in arms and their families still serving. Proud of them all.
One thing my daughter, an Army brat and now an Army wife herself, and I have noticed is that there are a lot of similarities right now for us between Soldiers deploying into combat zones and the medical professionals who are fighting Covid-19.
There is fear for their safety in both cases, we speak of ‘fighting’ in both cases, there is a life and death focus. We are so proud and praying for each when they are out there on the ‘frontlines’ to keep us safe. The public, those of us who don’t wear a uniform and don’t have a medical degree, are in awe of the selflessness of those who do. And we are so grateful for what they do without asking for thanks or a big paycheck. We know there are victims of the enemy – innocent civilians, patients – who we always need to remember and to pray for.
And so it seems at this point in time only fitting to share Psalm 91, what is sometimes known as the Warrior’s psalm, with you all here. Please share this version with someone you know and love who is either a Military or Medical professional, or one of our amazing first responders. And tell them thank you for their willingness to think of others before themselves on a regular basis.
It’s a beautiful arrangement of this song, by the way. God keep us all safe; give us hope, give us peace, give us strength, dear Lord. Amen.
1You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,[a]
2 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,
or the arrow that flies by day,
6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or 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 punishment of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[b]
the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge 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,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.