Will a Bunker Keep me Safe? – Psalm 41

Would holing up in a bunker preserve my family in a day of civil unrest? My husband and I watched a show this week about people who are concerned about a time, sometimes called a “zombie apocalypse,” when things get so bad their neighbors might try to break into their homes. I’m not sure how valuable a bunker would be in that scenario, but Psalm 41 portrays a different view of how to respond “in the day of trouble.”

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“Blessed is the one who considers the poor. In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him. The Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land. You do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health” (Psalm 41:1-3 ESV).

The psalmist says that in the day of trouble the Lords delivers the one who considers the poor. Another version says, “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak.” The reward for being considerate of the poor and the weak is that I will be blessed, delivered, protected, preserved from my enemies, sustained, and restored to full health.

That’s so good I just have to repeat it:

The reward for being considerate of the poor and the weak is that I will be blessed, delivered, protected, preserved from my enemies, sustained, and restored to full health.

That is waaaaay better than hoping a bunker will keep me safe.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for the Warner Press quarterly, Pathways—Moments with God, since 2016 and posts free devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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