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Psalm 91 Night Terrors

Community Baptist Church • February 16, 2021

Psalm 91

Night Terrors


           Night terrors (vs 5) are excruciating and exhausting for the one experiencing them and the family surrounding them. Plague and pestilence create death and every family member is impacted. It is tempting to read this psalm as an assurance that nothing evil, nothing harmful nothing destructive impacts those who trust God.

           The opposite may be closer to the truth. Evil exists. Harmful things happen. Destruction occurs. These are consequences of the fall (see Genesis 3). Twice the psalmist references where he chooses to dwell or make one’s habitation (see vs 2, 9).

           The evil and darkness of the world around us is a natural result of the sin of Adam and Even compounded by generation after generation of men and women just like Adam and Eve.

These are not permanent conditions. Six times in the last section God promises that He will act – deliver, protect, answer, be with, rescue, and satisfy.

           In order to receive all that God has for us, though, we have to call out to Him. Sometimes the most effective prayer is the shortest one – ‘Help!’ All of us experience a variety of challenges. None of us are exempt from the consequences of the Fall. Every one of us is but a prayer away from God’s gracious promises.

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Psalm 77


           2020 is nearly over! Autumn is upon us. What’s next? A pandemic that still threatens people across the globe. An over-active hurricane season in the Gulf and the Atlantic. A wildfire season unlike any the west has seen in decades. Racial tension, calls for a more equitable justice system, and a presidential election season unlike any in recent memory.

           Some seasons are summarized by music. The civil rights movement had a song – We Shall Overcome. Presidential elections had theme songs – FDR’s Happy Days are Here Again; Ross Perot’s theme song was Crazy made famous by Patsy Cline; Michael Dukakis used America as performed by Neil Diamond.

           Psalm 77 may have been composed as a response to some national calamity in Israel. Whatever the event we can relate to the question –“I tried to make sense of what was happening. I asked, “Will the Lord reject me forever? Will he never again show me his favor? Has his loyal love disappeared forever? Has his promise failed forever?” (Psalm 77:6–8, NET)

           As the psalmist sang through the challenges he or she remembers “You are the God who does amazing things; you have revealed your strength among the nations. You delivered your people by your strength— the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)” (Psalm 77:14–15, NET)

           What’s next? No one can clearly predict the future. No matter what comes, we can rely on this: God does amazing things. God can deliver. God is incomparable.

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