I have read Psalm 91 so many times but, it’s only when I thought about posting it here, that I looked at it a little closer. It was then, I realised, just how much Yahweh wants us to know that He will protect us. All we have to do is depend on and dwell in Him. That is His one requirement. In ancient times, the fortress mentioned in the opening verse, was a place of safety. It was a watchtower, made of thick walls, and whoever stood in there, would ensure that people were alerted of approaching danger. The second example of protection…….Yahweh is referred to as a refuge and fortress! The first example is where the author mentions dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. To dwell is to ponder, live your life in a particular way, with your mind continually focused on Him. Obviously you have to work and do your daily tasks, but as you grow closer and closer you will find that you desire to be in His presence, so much more. As you proceed through each verse you will find the situations in which Yahweh will be with you, and provide His protection, intensifies. He starts off protecting you as you rest in His presence. Then He reassures us of His protection from the fowler/huntsman’s snare/noose. Then there is protection from plagues and right at the end it’s the great lion and serpent [after the cobra and lion!]. No matter what it is, great or small, in the past or in the present or finally in the future, we will receive His protection as long as we rest and realise just how faithful He is! Do you realise how boldly we would live our lives, if we were aware just how protected we really are? God tells us, through His Word, that He is not a man that He should lie. Therefore, whenever He tells us something, we should know that our life can depend on it. The next time you take up the Bible, and come across a promise [there are many!] claim it! Each and every one is there for us to claim. Scripture tells us ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ As long as it runs in line with the plans He has for you, you shall receive.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
So mighty is our God that we only need to rest in His shadow and it will provide all the protection we need. Think on that for a moment! Not His actual physical presence, but His shadow. Within that shadow we are kept from difficulty and danger.
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from 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.
In His presence is all the protection we need. We will be sheltered from all evil, danger and difficulty. Throughout scripture/His Word, we are told how faithful He is…He’ll neither leave nor forsake us.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
24 hours a day, 365/366 days a year, we should never fear. Danger may surround you but it will not come near enough to cause you any harm. You will see the destruction of others and those that mean to cause you harm may be many, but YOU ARE PROTECTED!
If you make the Most High your dwelling even the LORD, who is my refuge then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
Continue to abide with the LORD and you will be okay. No harm will come to you. Your relationships; protected! Your food; protected! Your sleep; protected! Your place of work; protected! Your coming in and going out; protected! Dwell with the LORD mentally, physically and spiritually, at all times. He wants all of you!
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
He has set His angels over us to guard and [AGAIN] protect us in every way. As we go about our day, they will CARRY us through. The lion, great lion, cobra and serpent are given as examples of exactly what you will be protected from. Your life will not be cut short. The LORD holds each and everyone of us’ life in His hand. No weapon formed against us will prosper; it’s only if He is done with us, that our lives will come to an end. However, within this same Psalm, He has promised us a long life
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”