Call 911!


For years, my favorite Psalm was Psalm 91. I even used Psalm 911 as my email address. Why?

“911” is who we call when we are in trouble, and the first verse of Ps 91 is: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” That’s who we call when we have a problem!! And the psalm goes on to declare why we need not fear, how He will cover us with His protection and become our refuge and our rest, and even how He commands His angels concerning us. Psalm 91

When we look at the end of the psalm – verses 14–16 – it becomes clear just how lopsided our relationship with Him is. (I took the liberty of changing the “he” to “she”.)
"Because she loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name. She will call upon me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. With long life will I satisfy her and show her my salvation."
If we look carefully at these verses, we will see that God does the lion-share in this relationship: He rescues us, protects us, answers us, is with us in trouble, delivers us, honors us, satisfies us, and saves us. Our part? Love Him, acknowledge Him and call upon Him.

How awesome is that!! Just like a loving parent with the lion-share of responsibility wishing only for her child to love her, so too, our heavenly Father just desires us to love, acknowledge and call upon Him. His promise is to rescue, protect, answer, be with us, deliver, honor, satisfy and save us. Could you ask for anything more?
Susan

2 comments:

Lauren said...

i like the part that says "satisfies her." i know for a fact that everyone falls short of trying to find things on this earth that will satisfy us (example: people, food, hobbies, money, success). but these things always fail us and we end up feeling empty. i hate that feeling, but we all continue to do that even though we know that only god can satisfy. it reminds me of the worship song "hungry."

"Hungry"
Hungry, I come to you
For I know You satisfy
I am empty, but I know
Your love does not run dry

So I wait for you
So I wait for You
I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

Broken, I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary, but I know
Your touch restores my life

So I wait for you
So I wait for You
I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

i know psalm 91 is our "911" call but sometimes i get impatient and wish that god would come with flashing lights in 5 seconds rather then letting us go through the hurt. but thats life and i guess it pays off in the long run.

Joanne said...

Susan,

You sure had my attention with the Call 911 title of your post. Since that is what I do for a living I snapped right to attention.

I wish that I could share Psalm 91:1 with ALL of my lost and lonely caller.

Have a wonderful Turkey Day out there in New Jersey, friend!

...and let me know if you are planning on attending the She Speaks this next summer.

Love, Joanne