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Psalm 91:1-2, Our Shelter, Our Refuge, Our Fortress

Key Verse

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.’
— Psalm 91:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, March 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Psalm 91 has to be one of my favorite psalms. I think I like it so much because it makes me remember an experience I had when I was in seminary. Before I served as an ELCA pastor in the ELCA, I spent one month at New Melleray Abby in Iowa. It was a profoundly spiritual and restful time I had spent there.

One of the psalms we would sing with the brothers at the monastery was from Psalm 91. We sang it together before we went to sleep for the day. Recalling the words of the psalm even today put my soul at rest and I feel more at ease, as if everything is going to be okay.

And it’s true—everything will be okay, even thought everything really doesn’t seem like it’s okay. Some days, it feels like the world is falling apart. Some days, I feel like a disaster waiting to happen.

Thanks be to God that God is a refuge and fortress for our souls when the storms come.

How does God serve as a fortress or shelter for you when times get bad?

 

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