February 7

Bible Reading: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

It has been said that the most important word in the famous Shepherd’s Psalm (Psalm 23) is the little word “my.” David declares, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Without this important profession, none of the promises afforded to the flock of the Good Shepherd are appropriated in our lives. His care is only assured to His sheep who know His voice and acknowledge Him as their personal Shepherd (John 10:14-16).

Like Psalm 23, the most important word in this Psalm is also the little word “my.” Here, the Psalmist declares, “The Lord… is my refuge and my fortress.” It is one thing to say that the Lord is a refuge and a fortress, but another thing altogether to say that He is “my” refuge and “my” fortress. Only the ladder provides us with the essence of true consolation. The former is merely the acknowledgement of a consolation that exist, but has not been personally appropriated. It is therefore no more a safeguard to us than a walled fortress that we concede is impressive, but refuse to inhabit due to our desire to live elsewhere.

George W. Robinson, an Irish pastor, understood the importance of the word “my” in this Psalm, as well as in the Christian faith. If he had not, he could not have penned these inspired words to the beautiful old hymn, “I Am His, and He is Mine.”

Things that once were wild alarms cannot now disturb my rest;

Closed in everlasting arms, pillowed on the loving breast.

O to lie forever here, doubt and care and self resign,

While He whispers in my ear, I am His, and He is mine.

While He whispers in my ear, I am His, and He is mine.

 

His forever, only His; Who the Lord and me shall part?

Ah, with what a rest of bliss Christ can fill the loving heart!

Heav’n and earth may fade and flee, firstborn light in gloom decline;

But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.

But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.