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Watchman on the Wall: No fear Psalm 91

Known as the Soldier’s Psalm or Psalm of Protection, there are many testimonies of NATO forces carrying cards of Psalm 91 in their pockets during their deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

A 1945 World War II soldier, Spencer January, of the 35th Infantry, was part of a group of soldiers given a card to carry by their pastor in Dallas, Texas. Spencer’s division was ordered to take a town in Ossenburg, Germany where a war factory supplied Hitler’s troops. They came upon a clearing that was the only route to safety as German forces were behind, and to the left and right of them. However they soon discovered three nests of German machine guns raining down a barrage of gunfire. Spencer suddenly remembered a lady, Mrs. Tankersly, who often prayed for him. He dropped to his knees and prayed for a miracle. Just then a large cloud appeared in the blue sky and dropped down into the clearing, shrouding the soldiers from view. They all took off running and made it across, even those who were dragging wounded soldiers. A few weeks later he got a letter from his mother saying that Mrs. Tankersly had contacted her on the very day of the incident. God had told her, “Spencer January is in trouble. Get up right now and pray for him.” She remembered praying, “Lord, whatever danger Spencer is in, just cover him with a cloud!” It was at the very hour that Spencer was in danger. 

In 2003, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Hardie Higgins was deployed to Iraq. He prayed with his men of the 130th Engineer Brigade before every deployment, and all soldiers and all vehicles had a Psalm 91 Card. Though often working on the front lines, not one of 6,000 plus soldiers were wounded. 

Psalm 91 declares that if you are so close to God that you are standing in His shadow, then He will respond with, “Because you have delighted in Me and loved Me, I will protect you, keeping you safe and secure, answering your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel My Presence.”

We are assured that He will deliver us from illness. No plague of disease will come near our homes. Angels will protect us. God will answer our prayers. He will be with us in times of trouble. Thousands can fall to the right and left of us, but we will not be harmed. He will bless us with long life. 

Now if you’re reading that list and doubting it to be true, then perhaps it’s time to fall on your knees and ask God to help you believe. Get yourself a Bible and begin to read faith-building words. Believers in Christ know the Word of God to be true, and He is no “respecter of persons.” What he does for Spencer January and Chaplain Higgins, He will do for you. “Fear not for I AM is with you.” 

■ Loraine Joy is a small business owner and Arbuckle resident. Contact Loraine at musicandmore@mac.com

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