Jan 2024 OTJ
On the Journey

It’s OK. I’m Covered.

As we rounded the last bend before our driveway, I wanted to take the view in. After a weeklong trip, we returned home to a brand-new roof. Storms and high winds had decimated our shingles, regularly relocating them to the yard. They are less effective from that location. The new view did not disappoint. While the curb appeal was indeed aesthetically pleasing, I knew an intact roof would keep us covered and safe from the elements.

Think about a new year and your spiritual house. Are you covered? Psalm 91 paints a beautiful picture of God sheltering us beneath His wings. We typically attribute the writing of the Book of Psalms to David. However, Psalms had multiple writers. David wrote about half. Many scholars contend Moses wrote Psalm 91, although I read one who made a pretty strong case the author was David. Whether Moses or David or someone else penned the words, we know God created the content. The beautiful prose provides assurance to those who put their faith in God.

In the New International Version, Psalm 91 is 16 verses with 273 words. Reading the entire psalm at a medium pace takes less than two minutes. The first four verses can be read in less than 20 seconds.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘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.”

—Psalm 91:1–4 (NIV)

This may be a passage you want to read daily in 2024. Amid the chaos that swirls around us constantly, these verses anchor our hope and give great confidence in God. Those who are in communion with the Almighty are under His divine care. You are covered because you trust in Him.

In 2024, will you have to deal with evil attempts to ensnare you? Yes, possibly. But it’s OK. You’re covered. What about attacks from enemies? It’s OK. You’re covered. Should you be fearful? No, you’re covered. You have been placed in the charge of holy angels. Whether you read these verses, say them aloud, or even sing them, let them remind you to shelter in His care and console you with the truth that He will do what He says.


Thank You for covering me. You are my refuge. You are my hiding place. You are my protector. You are my deliverer. In You, I place my hope and trust.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Sandy Wisdom-Martin serves as executive director-treasurer of WMU, SBC.