There is a great deal of fear and apprehension in the air these days. Many people are overcome with overwhelming fear of coronavirus. Without delving into the validity or lack thereof of the threat itself I would like to take a few moments to address our reaction to it. It is during times of fear and uncertainty that we come face to face with where our trust resides and what we count on to get us through difficult times. Psalm 20:7 says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” It is during times of adversity that we discover whether or not we do truly trust in the Lord or God. I would encourage you all to put your trust in God during these uncertain times and always.

            There is a story of a Brigade of soldiers in World War 1. This Brigade fought in some of the bloodiest conflicts in the Great War. Other units sustained up to 90% casualties in these conflicts, but this Brigade never lost a man. What was their secret? Each man in the Brigade recited a Psalm of protection each day. You may wonder which Psalm they recited. It is the 91st Psalm and they were the 91st Brigade. I encourage you to tap into the power that protected the 91st Brigade to protect you throughout the course of your life. If you are not familiar with it, it goes like this:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.”

Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence,

He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.

Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

I hope and pray that you and your family will be blessed and encouraged by this column and we will return to Housing Matters next month.

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