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Feathers, feathers, feathers!

Doug Dezotell
Posted 3/25/23

An inspiring online-post caught my attention awhile back, and I want to share a portion with you.

The post was entitled, “The Power of Psalm 91,” and it was written by Amelia Monroe …

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Feathers, feathers, feathers!


An inspiring online-post caught my attention awhile back, and I want to share a portion with you.

The post was entitled, “The Power of Psalm 91,” and it was written by Amelia Monroe Carlson.

With all that is going on in our world today, and here at home in the US and right here in Middle Tennessee, I believe that we can all draw comfort, encouragement, and hope from this beautiful ancient song of promise, protection, and provision.

Here are some of Amelia’s thoughts:

“Recently, while I was going through a stressful time, a friend sent a text simply reading ‘Psalm 91.’

“I knew what the message was, but honestly, it was late at night and I was in bed so the motivation of reading at that moment was not there.

“However, I followed her advice and hit the Bible app on my phone and pulled up Psalm 91.

“After reading the Psalm, and re-reading it again, I knew why she had directed me there and I had made the decision to read Psalm 91 each night before going to bed, because of the power it held.

“It also reminded me of the car accident I had several years ago where my car flipped and landed on the hood, yet the passenger’s side came to rest on a tree stump which created a pocket of protection for the driver’s side.

“After crawling out with no injuries (not even a cut) and waiting on the side of the road with my mother and little brother for the police to finish the paperwork, my little brother pointed at the Bible which had been thrown out of the car during the wreck and went to get it for me.

“After he handed the Bible to me I noticed a piece of glass from the crushed windshield had lodged itself in the middle of the pages...marking Psalm 91 with a cut from the glass.

“I knew the message. God’s Angels had protected me and ensured that pocket was created.

“Now Psalm 91 reminds me nightly that no matter the situation, I have God’s love and unfailing protection around me.

“If you are looking for something which has the power to touch your life and change your attitude in times of distress, trouble, anxiety and despair, or if you just want an additional boost of encouragement and hope, make a commitment to yourself to read Psalm 91 for 30 nights in a row before going to bed. See what the Lord does with it.”

Thank you, Amelia Monroe Carlson, for your inspirational reminder of God’s promises, protection, and provision.

Years ago a dear friend of mine in Tucson, Arizona, Dimple Lewers (and yes, her real name is Dimple) told me of an experience she had after attending a Bible study in the downtown area of the city.

The sun was setting in the west when she parked on a side street down from the church: but as she was leaving it was really dark outside.

The women’s group had studied Psalm 91 that night, and Dimple was greatly encouraged at the Old Testament songwriter’s inspirational words.

Dimple was rehearsing Psalm 91 in her mind as she was walking to her car, when she heard footsteps behind her.

She looked over her shoulder and saw the dark figure of a large man following her.

Dimple quickened her steps, and looked over her shoulder again. He was still following there.

Dimple started praying, and the only words she could think of from Psalm 91 was ‘feathers.’

So she started shouting “Feathers...feathers...feathers...feathers!” at the top of her lungs. (Psalm 91:4 says, “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge…”)

Dimple got to her car and quickly unlocked the doors and jumped in, locking the doors behind her. She glanced back at the sidewalk and the shadowy figure was running in the opposite direction.

She drove home safely that night, thanking God for “His Feathers.”

The past several years so many people have been worrying about COVID 19, and have been taking drastic steps to stay disease free.

People are worried about the stock market and their retirement funds, and the dreaded words ‘recession’ or even worse…‘depression.’

People are worried about the possibility of another world war with Russia raising it’s ugly head and invading Ukraine.

I keep telling folks that we need to Put Faith Over Fear!

And to you my friend...I want to encourage you to please, please, please put your trust in the Most High, the Almighty, in the LORD Jesus Christ.

We can all find safety and security by abiding in the Presence of God.

Psalm 91 says: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

It is my prayer that you will put your trust in the Lord God during these trying times. And maybe follow Amelia’s suggestion and read Psalm 91 every day or every night.

And remember Dimple’s prayer, “Feathers...feathers...feathers.”