February 1

Bible Reading: Psalm 91

Unlike other Psalms, Psalm 91 is untitled. Also, it does not identify its author. According to Jewish scholars, a Psalm with an unidentified author should be attributed to the last-named author. If so, then this Psalm should be attributed to Moses, since he is the named author of Psalm 90.

Evidence for the Mosaic authorship of this Psalm is found in the similarity between expressions found in it and others used by Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy. If Moses is the inspired writer of this Psalm, then his contemporaries Caleb and Joshua make excellent examples of those safe within God’s presence and shielded by His promise from all fear, despite the fact that they live among the dying and the graves of the dead (Numbers 14:29-30).

Here, is the great comforting truth of this incredible Psalm. If we dare against all odds to believe and obey God, as Caleb and Joshua did, we may be assured of our invincibility. Now, this is not to say that we will not eventually go the way of all of the earth (1 Kings 2:2). If Jesus tarries, we will all meet our final appointment with death (Hebrews 9:27). However, it is to say that until the time of our divinely set appointment with death arrives, we need fear nothing imperiling our lives.

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man dies but once.” (William Shakespeare)