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|Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:04 pm Post subject: What does Psalm 91 really say about the corona virus?
|Psalm 91 is a wonderful tune that talks about trust in God in the haziest of times. As a result of its references to 'sicknesses' and 'maladies', it is by all accounts intended for what the world is experiencing right now with the Covid.
The psalmist discusses God's assurance, comparing him to a mother hen with its chicks – 'He will cover you with his wings; you will be protected in his consideration', he says (refrain 4, GNB); '1,000 may fall dead close to you, 10,000 surrounding you, however you won't be hurt' (stanza 7).
These are flawless words. Yet, when we start to consider them, we may begin to ponder exactly how we're intended to get them. Maybe there's a niggling uncertainty – all things considered, Christians do get sick and kick the bucket. A couple of us will get the Covid, and a few of us – however a minuscule minority – won't recuperate. So is the Bible messed up?
There's a sign in the New Testament about how we're intended to comprehend Psalm 91. In Matthew 4 (and in Luke 4) we read about the fallen angel enticing Jesus in the wild. One of the enticements is for Jesus to project himself down from the most elevated purpose of the sanctuary; citing Psalm 91.11–12, the demon says, 'On the off chance that you are God's Son, hurl yourself down, for the sacred text says: "God will provide requests to his holy messengers about you; they will hold you up with their hands, so not even your feet will be harmed on the stones."' Jesus answers with another Scripture: 'Don't scrutinize the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 6.16).
One method of perusing this is to say that Jesus is declining to allow the villain to transform Scripture into such a test on God's steadfastness. He realizes very well that God's assertion can be trusted, and he will not allow the fiend to turn it to say something it doesn't – a clue to us that we're to peruse Psalm 91 with regards to the entire of Scripture, as opposed to simply taking a gander at a couple of stanzas without help from anyone else.
At the point when we do that, we find that God's kin frequently endure hurt. There's a blending rundown of sufferings in Hebrews 11: 'Some were ridiculed and whipped, and others were placed in chains and brought off to jail. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were murdered by the sword. They went round dressed in skins of sheep or goats — poor, aggrieved, and abused. The world was insufficient for them!' (sections 36–3. In any case, these saints all thought about God's dedication – and a considerable lot of them, if not all, would have known Psalm 91, with its dazzling guarantee that 'no savagery will draw close to your home'.
So when we're pondering Psalm 91 today, maybe there are four things we can say.
In the first place, don't entice God. It would be very off-base, for example, for Christians to take these words in a real sense and decline to quit meeting up regardless of the risks presented by the infection, as a trial of confidence. We have Jesus' guide to show us that it doesn't work that way.
Second, we should confide in the experience of our elderly folks. The saints who've passed on for the gospel – like the ones the writer of Hebrews expounds on – didn't feel the Bible repudiated itself or was 'false', on the grounds that they endured. At the point when we're enticed to question, we ought to recollect those who've gone before us, and accept as they did.
Third, we should hear the expectation in Psalm 91. The song utilizes lovely language – clear symbolism, with striking examinations and differences, to say something profoundly important: that God consistently expects the best for us and that he is consistently unwavering. It doesn't simply portray the world for what it's worth, however the world as it should be. It is anything but a dry explanation of actuality, however a supplication.
So fourth, we should accept for what's to come. At the point when God says in the last couple of sections, 'I will save the individuals who love me ... I will compensate them with long life; I will save them' (14–16), we can accept these words as significance salvation for this life, however forever. Things may work out positively for us in the present time and place, or they may not. In any case, God's salvation is for ever.