1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. Stable and fixed sounds pretty good right now, considering our situation. That means you, momma, can be stable in your home! There’s security in the truth that no foe (no viral pandemic) can withstand the power of God.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! SAY THIS! We have talked a lot about the words coming out your mouth and how they shape your environment. SPEAK IT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. I can verify: it will silence fear. Another version says, “He’s the hope that holds me” and I repeat this when I feel afraid of what lies ahead.
3 For then He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. A snare is a hidden trap of an enemy, this is something you don’t see coming. I’m there, I didn’t see this pandemic coming. So here is the promise: safety from the trap I was blind to. The deadly pestilence, this virus, any disease... here is my promise to put my faith in. Even if someone we love contracts this invisible trap, we have this promise of deliverance to hold onto!
4 Then He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. This picture brings me such peace. His faithfulness to His word is my shield.. And yours!
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. Boom... fearless! Ladies, we do not have to be afraid of what’s to come! Don’t fear a thing! Day or night you better believe terror is coming for your heart and your mind... but it cannot take you out if you don’t let it in! Fear grows when you feed it. Replace fearful thoughts with faith filled thoughts, you’re promised that fear will not take you out!
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. 8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. I take this promise very literally. When I’m assigned the high exposure risk patient, I have a promise that I will remain unscathed and unharmed. How about you? What can you say to it when your kid picks the food off the floor in Costco and eats it? Say: IT WILL NOT COME NEAR ME. When you do, your enemy runs because you are inaccessible!
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, 10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. Mommas, this is for you. You make your resting place in Him, and you have this promise for your entire household! COVID-19 or any other plague will not come near your home! Your kids! Your family! When I come home from work, those bugs have got to die before setting foot in my house. Not because I’m so cool but because the Lord is. This doesn’t negate wisdom, wash your hands people!
11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways. 12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. We may not know on this side of life how many times the angelic forces defended, preserved, and kept us in our goings. We nearly got hit one day in the car and my oldest said “mom, I think we squished an angel just then!” and he’s probably right!
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. Look again at those last words, you will never be forsaken by Jesus, no never. To be 1000% clear we have a triple negative... Never, no never!
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. God hears you. That’s your promise. This is especially true when you are feeling overwhelmed, burned out, and beyond over it all (I am there and we are one week in). The promise is delivery and honor, and that’s what I put my faith in.
I know this was a bit long, thanks for sticking in there. The most valuable way we can spend our time fastened in safely at home is by feeding our faith and starving the fear. What tomorrow brings, who knows? What I know is that these truths will be true tomorrow, no matter what.
Author: Tonya is mother to 3 boys, Lucas and 4 year old twins Wyatt and Timothy, and she serves FWMOM as our Chaplain.