[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] T[/dropcap]his week has been beyond stressful, so I’m not even going to start. Instead, I’m going to just share two things: a Psalm and a song.

Both are where I have to dwell right now in order to keep my sanity, and I’ve not done well at that even. But when I do get a few moments to think, this is where it’s at. I’m sharing the Psalm in the Message version because I would normally read it in the NKJV or the Amplified. Yet I just happened to read it in the Message this week, and I liked the variation.

Happy Friday . . . and may we all dwell here on a permanent basis, not just during stressful/hard times.

Psalm 91

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
    not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
    not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
    drop like flies right and left,
    no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
    watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
    and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
    I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
    give you a long drink of salvation!”

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