Friday, February 04, 2011

protection of prayer in Egypt

Spiritual resource to share: living your truth

These pictures were taken off of a site showing Christians guarding Muslims in prayer.  (Egypt's Coptic Christians use the tattoed cross on their inner wrist to identify themselves as Christians.  Read here for more info.)

There is not much to add to a picture like this.  Thousands are praying for a peaceful restoration of order and right government.  This picture of unselfish courageand the desire to protect others inspires me to step out and add my prayer. 

The prayer that I want to share is one that has been prayed for millenia.  It is a song of hope and safety: Psalm 91 

Background on the 91st Psalm from Resources for your Ministry:

"Luther said of Psalm 91, “This is the most distinguished jewel among all the psalms of consolation.” It is not certain who authored its words (David, Moses?), but we do know that this is a psalm for times of danger. Still, it is cheerful and full of comfort, unlike Psalm 90 which is somber and full of concern. The psalmist is encouraging both himself and his audience of the wisdom of trusting the Most High God, for He is able to protect us from any danger....  It all results in a statement of strong confidence in the care of the Lord—in all the circumstances of life— and calls us to rest in Him."

Psalm 91 (New International Version, ©

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

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