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To Call 9-1-1 or Not to Call 9-1-1

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In the wake of the the shock and disbelief from what had just transpired in the USA on September 11, 2001, my heavy heart found great comfort in Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." The 91:1 of that reference and the date 9/11 made me think of something I had in my files about the emergency number 9-1-1. The day after those horrible events, I sent what I'm posting today, and people found it encouraging. As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday, I thought it would be good to read this again. Calling 9-1-1 is not the best option in some situations....

Emergency Numbers

(These emergency numbers may be dialed directly. No operator assistance is necessary.)

When in sorrow, call John 14.

When people fail you, call Psalm 27.

If you want to be fruitful, call John 15.

When you have sinned, call Psalm 51.

When you worry, call Matthew 6:19-34.

When you are in danger, call Psalm 91.

When God seems far away, call Psalm 139.

When your faith needs stirring, call Hebrews 11.

When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23.

When you grow bitter and critical, call 1 Corinthians 13.

For Paul's secret to happiness, call Colossians 3:12-17.

When you feel down and out, call Romans 8:31-39.

When you want peace and rest, call Matthew 11:25-30.

When the world seems bigger than God, call Psalm 90.

When you want Christian assurance, call Romans 8:1-30.

When you leave home for labor or travel, call Psalm 121.

When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, call Psalm 67.

When you want courage for a task, call Joshua 1.

To learn how to get along with your fellow man, call Romans 12.

When dealing with fear, call Psalm 34:7.

For security, call Psalm 121:3.

For assurance, call Mark 8:35.

For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18.

If you are depressed, call Psalm 27.

If your pocketbook is empty, call Psalm 37.

If you're losing confidence in people, call 1 Corinthians 13.

If people seem unkind, call John 15.

If discouraged about your work, call Psalm 126.

If you find the world growing small and yourself growing great, call Psalm 19.

NOTE: All lines to heaven are open 24 hours a day.


For those who would like to read it, here's the entirety of Psalm 91 (ESV):

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place — the Most High, who is my refuge —
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."


Many of us try to find love, joy, and peace in ourselves or in relationships with others, rather than in a relationship with the Lord. May this blog post serve as a good reminder of the Source of all that we really want most.


"Changed lives are the hallmark of God at work." — Drew Conley

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"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1

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2 Comments on “To Call 9-1-1 or Not to Call 9-1-1”

  1. #1 Carrie
    on Sep 7th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Psalm 91 was my grandpa’s favorite psalm. I always think of him when I read it.

  2. #2 Dan
    on Sep 8th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    A wonderful and inspiring post, my friend.