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Affluent Christian Investor | August 23, 2017

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Psalm 91 For Protection As We Go About Our Business

Shipping in Stormy Seas (painted by Jan Porcellis)

Shipping in Stormy Seas (painted by Jan Porcellis)

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

– Psalm 91:1.

When I was in a dangerous country on a ministry assignment, our team met every morning at 7 AM, and part of our regime was reciting Psalm 91 in its entirety. Then we were focused on God’s promises of protection as we went about our business.God does not have a shelter nor does He cast a shadow. The psalmist was writing poetry and provided images to comfort the mind and soothe the soul of the reader. The psalmist was of course referring to God’s presence with His people that should bring rest and freedom from anxiety. Jesus lived in this truth as evidenced by His calm in the midst of a storm:

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger”

– (Luke 8:22-24).

Are you in a storm right now? Are you in a panic due to the size of the waves or water in the boat? Then it’s time to read Psalm 91 daily or hourly to regain your faith focus that God is in control, even when the storm seems to be ready to take you down.

Today’s reading – Psalm 91-95

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.

 

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