When you read the Word, do you speak it aloud or silently? I’ve discovered when I speak it aloud it has more power, is easier to remember, and changes my focus and attitude. Try it and see.
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:2)
During WWII, English correspondent C. B. Morelock reported an unexplainable occurrence. The miracle happened when over 400 British troops were trapped by the enemy on a beach. They had no place to take cover as sixty German aircraft continued to bomb them and ground soldiers attacked them with machine guns. Not one man was hit. All had shouted Psalm 91 as loud as they were able.
Many other war stories have been documented wherein military personnel survived by speaking Psalm 91 during the heat of battle. One soldier, shot in the chest, dropped to the ground and later found the bullet had pierced his pocket Bible, stopping at Psalm 91. Such stories about the power of God’s Word bring encouragement and faith to those who hear them.
“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Those who believe His Word, as did the men and women whom God rescued as they proclaimed Psalm 91, see first-hand the power of God. They and many others, including myself, have learned the more we say His Word aloud, the more confident we become in His protection. Power is released when we speak it, believing. At such times, we find ourselves in the “shelter of the Most High.” (Psalm 91:1)
We may find areas where we neglect to speak God’s Word aloud. When we become too busy, when we encounter verbal abuse, when we blame ourselves for negative happenings or when we doubt God’s promise to be with us and protect us. Imagine the difference in our life if we began to quote His promises aloud! Speaking life into any situation magnifies our faith.
Most of us tend to put our trust in inanimate objects such as insurance policies, savings accounts, door locks and storm cellars. Not that we shouldn’t take sensible precautions to protect life. But when we dismiss God’s more powerful protection, we miss out on His peace and joy. After all, insurance and savings, locks and basements could fail us. God’s promises never fail. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22)
Lord, thank You for your faithful Word that we can count on in any situation. Bring Your Words of Psalm 91 alive in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen.