In the United States, the number 911 is used as the universal emergency phone number throughout our nation to call to get help in emergency situations. In the late ’60s, the FCC partnered with AT&T to come up with a universal emergency number. AT&T proposed the number as 911.
It was considered short and easy to remember and could be dialed fairly quickly. Congress decided to support AT&T’s proposal for 911 as the national emergency number and did pass legislation to put this into law.
Probably, and sadly, the persons who carried out the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 (often referred to as 9-11), felt that this date would be a very suitable day (for their purposes) to do the horrific things they did. And, again sadly, it gave a new tragic history to this date and this number.
I believe God in His sovereignty had a Hand in the selection of 911 so it represents a call for emergencies of any kind when people are challenged with them.
In our world, the answer to all our emergencies, challenges, problems, and troubles are found in one place – the Word of God. And a very specific weapon to use and put to work, especially in troubled and emergency situations, is found in God's Word with Psalm 91.
Notice also that the number 91 is found in our emergency number - 911. What would be one of the messages in this? One is that Psalm 91, along with all of the Word of God, is the answer to all the emergencies, challenges, and problems in life.
Read, study, mull over, and memorize Psalm 91. Notice how this Psalm speaks to all kinds of emergencies and problems we may face in life.
All believers everywhere would be wise to begin to speak the promises from Psalm 91 over your life daily. Also, we would be wise to start to pray Psalm 91 every day of our lives too. Why? Because in this dangerous, crazy, wild world, no one can protect you as God can. And putting Psalm 91 to work in your life every day is extremely wise for us all.
Praying Psalm 91 - A Prayer for Protection
Today, I dwell in the secret place of the most High,
and so I abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Today I say of the LORD,
You are my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in You I trust.
Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
You cover me with Your feathers, and under Your wings I trust:
Your truth is my shield and buckler.
And so, I am not afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flies by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness;
nor for the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand;
but it shall not come near me.
Only with my eyes do I look and see the reward of the wicked.
Because I have made the LORD my refuge, even the most High, my habitation;
No evil befalls me, nor does any plague come nigh my dwelling.
For He gives his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways.
They bear me up in their hands, lest I dash my foot against a stone.
I tread upon the lion and the cobra:
the young lion and the serpent I trample under foot.
Because I have set my love upon Him, therefore He delivers me:
He sets me on high, because I have known His name.
I call upon Him, and He answers me:
He is with me in trouble;
He delivers me, and honors me.
With long life He satisfies me,
and shows me His salvation.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
(Psalm 91 prayer, adapted)
May we all be wise enough to begin to pray this prayer every day because no one can protect you and your family as God can.