Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Terror By Night

Psalm 91:5 says, "You will not be afraid of the terror by night or of the arrow that flies by day." I didn’t fully understand this verse until I went on an overnight campout with a couple of elders from our church.

At sunset, the clouds grew black and within minutes we were in the middle of a torrential storm. Wind was blowing thirty miles an hour and lightning striking around us every few seconds. Psalm 91:5 refers to the "terror by night." This was it! I thought we were going to die and actually envisioned making the obituary column our local newspaper. I wasn’t afraid to die but wasn’t ready to leave behind my wife and two small children.

Then I remembered the disciples panicking in the boat on the Sea of Galilee when the terrible storm hit. We were acting just like them when they thought they were going to die (Mark 4:35-41). They didn't trust God during the storm and now that we were in the same boat, neither did we! 

I reminded the other guys that the disciples must have felt this way when they thought their boat would sink during the storm. We prayed together and then started praising God in our tent. Instantly a supernatural peace came over us. We were overwhelmed with God’s presence and our fear immediately vanished, even as lightning was still striking around us.

The storm passed. We didn’t die. But we did learn from experience something we had only known in theory before. If you’ll praise God in the middle of the storm your fear will leave.

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