This is an American soldier in grave danger. Let us pray for him and for his family, for his sweetheart back home, for his friends and loved ones. These sorts of things rarely end well when dealing with the evil which we struggle against over there, but we must not give up hope, if only for his sake. We must honor and appreciate those fighting for us – and especially those who have sacrificed so much.
For those of you who have forgotten about the war in the last six months, since the protests have largely subsided and the daily body counts are no longer published in the papers – let this be a cold and harsh reminder of what this nation’s sons and daughters are facing out there. For those who do not forget – keep them in your prayers, and offer extra supplication for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, of Idaho, and for his family.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”