In the Midst of the Fray: Psalm 91:16, and Share Your Story

“With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Phyllis Nissila

For the complete Psalm 91 devotional booklet, click here.

How Long?

clock without time 2The sentiment expressed in the last verse of Psalm 91 is a fitting conclusion to this entire Psalm dedicated to detailing God’s expansive love.

Not only does He save, shelter, rescue, cover, protect, send angels to guard, and honor us, He also satisfies us with “long life.”

How long?

Very long.

“Forever” (orek in the original language)! [1]

Of course this one and that one live a literal “long life” here on the planet, many hundreds of years in days of old, according to some Biblical accounts. In our day, just one hundred years seems the maximum. Ironically, however, the notion in the world is that the “good die young!”

(“Hmmmmm, ssssssssssssss,” says one to himself, the stench of sulfur in his nostrils, a sneer on his face. “Now THAT notion will keep them from making a decision to follow….Him…. until it’s too late.”)

But regardless of how long we live on earth, the time when time will be no more stretches vast ahead–where The One Who Hisses will also be no more.

The contrast of an eternity of peace versus the shortness of earthly life with its struggles whether it be 10 or 110 years, reminds me of a conversation my mother and I had from time to time during the last years of her life.

Because she suffered with congestive heart failure and several other maladies, she sensed she could die at any time, particularly in her eighties (she died at 86). Once in awhile, when this or that ailment was causing frustration or alarm, she liked to be reminded of something I came up with once that ministered to us both.

I told her I could imagine us having a few chuckles over a comment such as this, some day, in the peace and provision of paradise: “Now, tell me again, just WHY it was that we wanted to live forever DOWN THERE?!”

Life in Christ is truly the Never Ending Story—with the happy ending.

And it all starts here by receiving Him as Lord and Savior.


Share a story of your own where you were encouraged or comforted by remembering what stretches before us in eternity.


[1] Strong’s Concordance, # 753.

Image from the public domain.

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3 Responses to In the Midst of the Fray: Psalm 91:16, and Share Your Story

  1. Thanks for the feedback and VERY interesting stuff… Learn something new everyday, huh 🙂


  2. Loved this… read it like Spoken Word. 🙂 Don’t know if that was your intentional writing style but if it wasn’t/isn’t you should give it a whirl 🙂


    • pnissila says:

      Thank you, phenomenallady, and thanks for following. I hope you find other posts that will encourage and maybe inspire you, too.

      I like your “bee post!” My niece and her boyfriend recently took up bee keeping, and I am fascinated by what I’ve learned so far about the little critters. For example, apparently, there is a socialization process that has to occur before the serious work of the beehive can commence. The queen and her drones have to “get to know each other,” as it were. To facilitate this process in a new hive, beekeepers are instructed to wedge a gummy bear into the “door” to the queen’s “room”. By the time the bear is eaten and the “room is open for business,” as it were, everyone has gotten to know each other well enough for the games to begin. Who knew?

      Cheers and blessings,


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