Psalm 91:3–6 (ESV)
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Many read Psalm 91 and have been puzzled. How is it that the psalmist is saying these things when sickness and death seem to plague the righteous just as much as the wicked? Everyday our most vulnerable are dying from this deadly Coronavirus, and it does not seem to care if you are a Christian or not. So how are we to read this Psalm? It is true that sin, sickness, and death are the wages for mankind’s fall into sin. But what is equally true for those who have put their faith in Christ, is that we have a redeemer, who has defeated, sin, sickness, and death. The sting of death has been removed, and we have this hope that one day we will stand in the presence of God and he will wipe away every tear, and there will be no more pain, no more sickness, and no more death. Until that day sickness and death are a part of our reality, but we know that “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Co 4:17).
Father, thank you for a Savior that has defeated all his and our enemies, and thank you that in him we are more than conquerors. Enable us today to endure patiently the reality of this fallen, broken world with sin, sickness, and death all around us. Bring healing to those who are hurting, and comfort those in deaths approaching hour. Come Lord Jesus, come. Nevertheless we wait, and work today for the good of your kingdom come. In Christ, whose name we pray. Amen.