Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” He is the one who will rescue you from hunters’ traps and from deadly plagues. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon. They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. – Psalm 91:1-7
“The bathtub is not your fortress.”
Those seem like odd words to live by, but I know someone who does.
I have a friend who grew up in an area where tornadoes are frequent. He loves to tell tornado stories as if he’s telling you about a great action movie he’s just seen. He often recalls spending nights as a boy in the bathtub with his young siblings. (Apparently, the bathroom and bathtub are some of the safest places in a storm.) After each storm passed, his mother carefully reminded him that it wasn’t the bathtub, the bathroom, or even his parents who had protected him.
“I will say of the Lord,” she would quote, “‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'”.
It isn’t just the fact that the Lord is our refuge and fortress, but the insistence that “I will say” it. The Psalmist’s implied entreaty is to acknowledge the powerful protective hand of God in the life of “whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High”.
But there’s something more. Although my friend’s Mom is faithful and well meaning, she is joining with others who slightly misquote the text from Psalm 91:2. The text actually says, “I will say to the Lord…” And, I checked, the Hebrew is ‘amar Jehovah – I speak to the Lord.
And when you tell the Lord “I trust you,” isn’t that worship?
Perhaps that is the starting point for any discussion of how to learn to trust Him. Start with worship. The bathtub of the Spirit, if you’ll allow.
Many things may play a role in our protection – be they tubs, teachers, seat belts or spouses – but the worshipping believer is, finally, in God’s trustworthy arms.