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The Good News in Psalm 91

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2005


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

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.


Psalm 91 is a famous Psalm concerning God’s divine protection. In an age of terrorism the promise of divine protection is great news. Even the devil quoted Psalm 91 to Jesus during Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:5-6) tempting Jesus to act foolishly and expect God’s angles to protect him. But as we study this Psalm (expanded word definitions are from Strong’s Dictionary) we will see the promise of divine protection is not for those who are foolish but rather to those who are walking closely with God.

 

V1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. Divine protection is for those who dwell, habit, and sit down with God. These are the ones who are defended by God. In the New Covenant you could say God defends those who are sensitive to His indwelling Holy Spirit and follow every prompting of the Holy Spirit. We must understand God is love and He desires no unnecessary harm come to His children. God sees everything, knows everything, and will lead us out of harms way. This opening statement of the Psalm sets the condition for the following promises. If we get out of step with the Holy Spirit and walk in sin we may find we do not have divine protection as we have ceased dwelling in the secret place of the most high.

V2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. God is a shelter, a defence, a stronghold of protection. We can put our confidence in Him.

V3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Without doubt God will defend and rescue us from being trapped or snared. We will be snatched, escape, and be preserved, from plagues, calamity, ruin, and wickedness.

V4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. We can put our trust in God’s protection. God’s stability and certainty is a shield of defence for us.

V5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. As we walk closely with the Lord we need not have any fear. We know His power is at work protecting us. We need not fear the terror and adversity of people, and devil spirits, who have departed from the light. Nor the hidden darts and arrows that come to wound us each day.

V6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. We need not fear the destroying plagues that come in obscurity, nor the ruin and destruction that can overwhelm us in the light of day. This world is a dangerous place with many hidden traps and snares. We have many enemies. But those who abide with the Holy Spirit enjoy God’s divine protection and are shielded from these dangers. Would we not expect this from our loving father?

V7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Many will fall and die all around us but destruction will not come to the one flowing with the Holy Spirit.

V8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. We will see the retribution of the ungodly but not personally experience it.

V9.Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. What is the reason for this divine protection? Because we abide, remain with, and walk with the Lord. We trust in the Lord and He becomes our shelter.

V10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Nothing bad, distressing, or sorrowful thing will happen to us. Neither shall sores, wounds, nor blows, approach our home.

V11. For he shall give his angles charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. For the Lord shall dispatch His messengers, His angels, to join with us to guard, hedge, and protect us in every aspect of our lives.

V12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. The angels shall lift us up in their hands to remove us from being hurt, defeated, or diseased.

V13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. We shall walk above the dangers, the roaring, and the twisted pitfalls. We shall tread upon, trample, and oppress the devil, the lions, and the monsters.

V14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. Because we cling and join to the Lord. Because we love, desire and delight in the Lord, God will cause us to escape and be delivered from the evil disasters in this world. God will cause us to be put in a lofty inaccessible place. A safe, strong, defended, and exalted place. Why is there this divine protection? Because we know God, dwell with Him, walk with Him and acknowledge and comprehend His Word, His ways, and His name.

V15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. We that dwell with the Lord can call to him and the Lord will heed and give attention to us. The Lord will accompany us when we find ourselves in a tight place, a place of adversity and affliction. And the Lord will strengthen, deliver and bring us out of that difficult situation. Indeed the Lord will cause us to become rich, numerous, abounding, promoted, and honoured.

V16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Hallelujah the Lord will fill us up, give us plenty, and satisfy us with a long life (no early death), and cause us to enjoy His victorious prosperity, His health, welfare and saving deliverance.

 

What an absolutely wonderful, beautiful, Psalm. What tremendously good news! I am so encouraged to continue dwelling in the secret place. I don’t want to step out from His protection. I want to enjoy these enormous benefits. What about you? Make the decision today to enter into a life of divine protection, prosperity, and deliverance through walking with and staying sensitive to His Holy Spirit.

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