Psalm 91, especially verses 1-4, has been my favorite passage of scripture ever since I read the 1977 book: “Shadow of the Almighty” by Elisabeth Elliot. This book describes the life of Jim Elliot who was martyred by the Auca Indians in 1956 along with four other fellow missionaries. I was deeply impressed by Jim's close walk with the Lord. This story inspired me to mission work in the hope that I could be one who filled his shoes. I desired to dwell in the shelter of the most high and to rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Verse 3 talks about the snare of the fowler. A fowler was someone who trapped birds. Of course, the favorite Bible school warning was to my future wife, Maxine. Beware of the snare of the fowler! Spurgeon wrote the following: “We are foolish and weak as poor little birds, and are very apt to be lured to our destruction by cunning foes, but if we dwell near to God, he will see to it that the most skillful deceiver shall not entrap us”
We can find refuge in the Lord from the word, the flesh and the devil, who all seek to destroy us. Verse 4 paints a comforting picture of God protecting us with his faithfulness like a bird protecting her young under her wing. We can all walk in confidence knowing that God is our refuge, fortress, shield, and rampart! What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31