The Terror of the Night

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Psalm 91 (New International Version)

I am one who has at times feared the terror of the night. I was able to handle the daytime, but at night all of my troubles closed in on me. It began when I was a small child. Everyone was asleep; all was quiet. The lights were out and there were no sounds but silence and my labored breathing. The doctor called it asthma. I knew it was fear.

I also knew that sometime in the night, my father would come into my bedroom and abuse me. So I knew exactly where the night terrors were coming from.

I survived those horrible years, and left home as soon as I could. But I know there was a divine protector watching over me during that time, one who detested the abuse of a child. It is so true that under God’s wings, I found refuge, and the day did come when I no longer feared the terror of the night. Psalm 91 became a great comfort to me in those days, and it remains so. Today, I “rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” I am grateful for God’s grace and protection. It has sustained me through many dangers, toils and snares.

You may enjoy hearing the song, “On Eagle’s Wings” sung by Josh Groban on YouTube.

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