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Our Refuge and Shield

By Pastor Casey Higgins

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler so snare and 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.”
Psalms 91:2-4.  

All of England stood amazed at what happened at Dunkirk in WWII, when the Nazis had thousands of British soldiers trapped at the edge of the water. They couldn’t get the men off the beaches fast enough to get them back to safety in England. They were like sitting ducks when Nazi planes pelted those long stretches of white sand covered with soldiers, but the miraculous story that followed still stands out in history today.

One correspondent, C. B. Morelock, reported an unexplainable and miraculous occurrence; 60 German aircraft strafed more than 400 men who were pinned down on the beach, without any place to take cover, and yet, although the men were repeatedly attacked by machine guns and bombed by enemy aircraft, not one single man was hit. Every man in that group left the beach without a scratch. Morelock stated, “I have personally been told by Navy men, who picked up those particular survivors from Dunkirk, that the men not only recited Psalm 91, but they shouted it aloud at the top of their lungs!

A British chaplain told of lying face down in the sand for what seemed an eternity on the shell-torn beach of Dunkirk. Nazi bombers dropped their lethal charges causing shrapnel to kick up sand all around him while other planes repeatedly strafed his position with their machine guns blazing.

Although dazed by the concussions around him, the British chaplain suddenly became aware that, in spite of the deafening roar of the shells and bombs all around him, he hadn’t been hit. With bullets still raining down around him, he stood and stared with amazement at the outline of his own shape in the sand. It was the only smooth and undisturbed spot on the entire bullet-riddled beach.”
(Taken from Peggy Joyce Ruth’s book, Psalm 91: Gods Shield of Protection.)