Psalm 91:1-4, 9-11, 14-16
I still can remember the tragic events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 – how a coordinated group of terrorists brought tragedy to our doorstep. I watched the scenes unfold before my eyes on television. I was at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., the elementary principal and responsible for a number of young lives. I stood in horror as the second plane flew directly into the second tower. It felt as if I was watching a movie when they collapsed. For the first time in my life in the United States of America, I felt vulnerable, unprotected from the world around me.
With no inscription to allow us to associate Psalm 91, I believe God has given it to us to hold onto in times of troubles. When we seek and need a protective hand, He reminds us that He is there. Verse 1 reminds us that if we live under His protection, we are dwelling with El Shaddai – the most-powerful One. As we spend time in God’s Word, we find that there are a number of names attributed to Him – it is not that there are many different gods; it is to show us the many facets of Yahweh. Each name covers a different feature of our marvelous God.
El Shaddai is one of the best-known compound names of God in the scriptures. It literally means the “All-Sufficient God.” It is used 48 times in the Old Testament, the first time being in Genesis 17:1 – God had appeared to Abraham and was ready to fulfill His promise of making him the father of a mighty nation. His name was given to reassure Abraham that God was all he needed. Job uses this name frequently in the book of Job. It also carries the connotation of omnipotence. He has all-sufficient power.
God has shown Himself faithful in the past. Because of this, we can trust Him for today and the future. He holds all power in His hands and being. This is a blessed thought when we consider our standing with Him. When a person accepts Christ as his Savior, God’s all-sufficient power is able to protect them from ever being separated from Him. He is enough, Jesus is enough.