Under His Wings You Will Find Refuge
7 August 2014
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of Yahweh, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, "Yahweh is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
"Because he loves Me," says Yahweh, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.
He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation." (Psalm 91)
Lately I've been reading some amazing testimonies from Israel during the Gaza war, in which Jews claim to have experienced Divine intervention. For them, the promises of Yahweh,
the God of Israel, in Psalm 91 have been fulfilled and experienced first hand.
I've yet to come across any testimonies from Muslims about how Allah has protected them. Maybe such stories are out there, and I simply have not heard them. Or perhaps the Muslims also experienced Divine intervention, but it was actually Yahweh saving them, because He loves them as well as the Jews.
But I really doubt we will hear testimonies of protection from the demonic-impostor-god Allah.
Well, enough of the bad news. Now let's hear some good news about how Yahweh has protected His chosen people recently:
- There have been so many miracles since the war began. For example, a miracle occurred when a bullet hit a grenade that was in an Israeli soldier's pocket. The first miracle was that the grenade caught the bullet meant for the soldier, and the second miracle was the fact that in doing so, the grenade did not explode. A double miracle for the soldier.
- Another miracle from God was when the harvesting of wheat for Passover matzos three weeks ago saved a kibbutz and Israel from being infiltrated by Hamas terrorists. A group from central Israel went to the south in order to harvest wheat for Passover matzos. Harvesting is done during the summer because the heat dries the wheat which is then stored until production starts for baking matzos. This particular kibbutz near the Gaza border had rain fall late in the season, so the wheat was sown later. Because the harvesters were working near Gaza, they sped up their harvesting so that they could quickly leave the area. Two days later, 13 Hamas terrorists exited from a Gazan terror tunnel into an open field near the Israeli kibbutz. The terrorists were surprised when they found that the tall staffs of wheat which they had counted on for camouflage had disappeared. They were unable to successfully hide in the wheat fields since the wheat was cut down, and that enabled the Israeli army to spot them and open fire on them.
- Another miracle was told by a soldier to those at his synagogue. He and his unit identified the home of a Hamas terrorist and were going to arrest the terrorist. Just before entering the house they saw a dove hovering overhead. They thought it was strange so they watched the dove. It landed on a tiny string that was almost invisible. A second later, the house blew up. The house was booby-trapped and the string was connected to the door. If the soldiers had entered the house, they would have been killed.
- There have been so many miracles. Israelis have been sending food and snacks to the soldiers. A non-religious soldier took out a piece of candy from his pocket that was wrapped in a note that said "Dear soldier, thank you for protecting me. It would really make me happy if before you ate this sweet you said a bracha." A bracha is a blessing and religious Jews say specific blessings over everything we eat or drink. The soldier did not know what blessing to make over the candy so he crawled away from his spot to find a religious soldier who could help him say the correct blessing. As soon as the soldiers said the bracha together, a bomb fell exactly where the first soldier had been lying only minutes before. It was a miracle. Had the note not asked him to make a blessing, he would have been where the bomb exploded.
- An Iron Dome commander recalled: "A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated its trajectory. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel's equivalent of the Pentagon) or a central Tel Aviv railway station. Hundreds could have died.
"We fired the first interceptor. It missed. Second interceptor. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four seconds until the missile lands. We had already notified emergency services to converge on the target location and had warned of a mass-casualty incident.
"Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that ... sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, 'There is a God!'
"I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of God send that missile into the sea."
- An Orthodox infantry brigade commander said that divine miracles protected his soldiers during the fighting in the Gaza Strip. Givati Brigade commander Ofer Winter claimed to have witnessed a miraculous occurrence, the likes of which he had never seen before during his military career.
He said that a predawn raid that was intended to make use of the dark as concealment was delayed, forcing the soldiers to move toward their objective as the sun was about to rise. The soldiers were in danger of being revealed in the light but, Winter recalled, a heavy fog descended to cover their movements until the objective was achieved.
"Suddenly a cloud protected us," he said, make a reference to the clouds that the Bible says protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. "Clouds of glory."
Only when the soldiers were in a secure position did the fog dissipate, he said.
"It really was a fulfillment of the verse 'For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to give you victory,'" he said, quoting a passage from Deuteronomy.
"When a person is in a life-threatening situation he connects with his deepest internal truths, and when that happens, even the biggest atheist meets God," he said, claiming that soldiers see so many miracles that "it is hard not to believe in God."
- As Israel continues to deal with the threat of terrorist rockets flying through its skies, a recent newspaper headline trumpeted the possibility of supernatural protection.
"Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air, said a terrorist," was the headline in the July 18 edition of the Jewish Telegraph.
It was a partial quote from Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma'ale Adumim on the West Bank.
Her exact quotation was: "As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn't aim their rockets more effectively: 'We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.'"
She opened her piece by noting: "In October 1956, [Israel's first Prime Minister] David Ben Gurion was interviewed by CBS. He stated: 'In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.'"
I will give thanks to You, Yahweh, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High.
Yahweh rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.
He is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, Yahweh, have never forsaken those who seek You.
Sing the praises of Yahweh, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what He has done.
Yahweh, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare Your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in Your salvation.
Arise, Yahweh, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in Your presence.
Strike them with terror, Yahweh; let the nations know they are only mortal.