Psalm 91:5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Those who make their home in the Lord (Psalm 91:1-4) according to the second part of Psalm 91:5 don’t have to fear the arrow that flies by day. The picture this paints is being under an attack of an enemy. In my head I picture war movies with soldiers hunkered down in a bunker while under heavy fire from an enemy. Now I’ve never been in war, but I was shot at a couple of times as a teenager. In both instances, the first thing I did was to take cover. I remember getting behind a big tree scrunching my shoulders and getting as small as I could get while I hollered at my friends to see if everyone was ok and tried to figure out what to do next. Thankfully, most of us don’t have those experiences everyday if at all. However, we have all gone through seasons of life where it seems like we are incurring constant fire from a full on assault coming in every direction.
Hours are being cut back at work and there are talks of layoffs. The utility companies are raising their rates. Your son is struggling with a subject in school. Your daughter breaks a leg, ankle, or arm. Your friends are mad at you. You are overdrawn in your checking account. The fees cause you to miss a car payment… And the panic of being under fire begins to set in. This Scripture tells us that no matter the kind of attack (bullets flying overhead or situations in life) we do not have to cower in FEAR!
There is a calm and a peace you can have in the midst of any attack. It comes from knowing that God is with you, He is for you, and He is faithful. It comes from a trust and confidence in who He is and knowing that no matter the attack in Him is safety, security, and deliverance. Psalm 56:3 says, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” You can trust in Him. You don’t have to fear the arrow that flies by day or the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16). They will surely fly! But through your trust and confidence in Him, abiding in Him and faith in His Word you don’t have to hide and hunker down in fear. Instead you can rise up bold and confident in Him. Fear not, He is a mighty (impenetrable) fortress in whom you trust (Psalm 91:2).