Terror of the Night

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 91

You will not fear the terror of the night. (v. 5)

I had barely finished moving to Southern California when the Northridge earthquake struck. It was the dead of night. First came a deep, earthy grumble . . . then the sound of a freight train surging through the living room . . . finally . . . the shaking. Glass broke, people screamed, dogs barked, and sirens blared. I lay in bed and pondered the greatness of God. Where could I go? What could I do? When the earth itself is moving, where can you run?

God never claims that harm won’t fall. Psalm 91 speaks of horrendous calamity: pestilence, destruction, war, etc. But ultimately, Psalm 91 speaks of peace. For the believer, nothing can happen that is beyond the shadow of the Lord’s protective wings.

Our son attended Red Cross safety camp last summer – a week-long event for five-year-olds. For the next month Benjamin would spontaneously shout, “stop, drop, and roll!” at the top of his lungs. He checked my speedometer while driving. He was diligent in safety enforcement and felt empowered by his newfound knowledge of the law.

Knowing safety laws and preventative measures are helpful, but for the Christian, our ultimate safety – even during the terror of the night – is found in Jesus Christ.


Almighty Father, may we be rooted and grounded in you – our safe place.