War and peace - Day 1
Hope and comfort
- Psalms 91:1-16
Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.” He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. A thousand may fall dead beside you, 10,000 all round you, but you will not be harmed. You will look and see how the wicked are punished. You have made the LORD your defender, the Most High your protector, and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home. God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes. God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD. When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honour them. I will reward them with long life; I will save them.”
Psalm 91 can be a source of hope. In this psalm, God is described as the ultimate protector who protects you from every evil. But he not only protects you, he also frees you from evil. For civilians or soldiers in war, the enemy represents evil. Or you can also look at it as the war itself might be evil. However, God protects and delivers you from the evils of war and violence. God is always with you. This allows you to feel deeply comforted in times of darkness.