I’ve been writing about God’s faithful (steadfast) love for us. It’s key to living the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. The universe signifies the immensity of God’s great love for us, the cross illustrates it in all its dimensions. Faith is not just believing that God exists, but that He is most positively disposed towards us. He loves us and has out best interest foremost in mind regardless of our circumstances. Without this comprehension we walk in fear of the unknown and seek to find meaning, purpose and love in all the wrong places.

In Psalm 91, the writer insists on God’s ever present good will towards us who believe. No matter what danger we face, God is on our side and His protective presence won’t let us down. We read, “The person who rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. I will say about the LORD, ‘He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him.’”

With the understanding of God’s deep love for us, we have no reason to life in fear of any kind. So, the Psalmist continues, “You won’t have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night. You won’t have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day. You won’t have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness. You won’t have to fear the plague that destroys at noon.”

The construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was so risky that newspaper reporters dubbed it “Dance of Danger.” But by employing a trapeze net under the workers, hundreds of lives were saved. This net caught so many falling workers that the newspapers began running box scores on the total number of lives saved. Workers saved by the net were said to have joined the “Halfway to Hell Club.” But more than that, the net freed many of the workers from an often-paralyzing sense of fear, which helped them work more productively.”

This Psalm promises us that, “The LORD will command his angels to take good care of you. They will lift you up in their hands.”

“Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” (Psalm 86:11)