Complete Protection: Chapter 91
I am absolutely thrilled to be able to blog through chapter 91 of Psalms. It has been my go-to chapter these past couple of months, as it has through many other struggles. It’s brought me great comfort, and I hope it does for you as well. Just go ahead and pause, right now, to read Psalm 91 for yourself.
If you find yourself particularly anxious, I would suggest you go so far as to write the chapter out in your own handwriting. And as you write, take in every word, every promise, and make it your own.
Refuge, Fortress, Deliverer
In the first few verses, we find that the Psalmist considers God to be everything necessary for the preservation of life. A secret place, a refuge, a trustworthy fortress, and a deliverer. But I absolutely love what Psalm 91:4 says:
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
I don’t know about you, but when I was little, I lived on a farm. We had lots of animals, but I especially loved our chickens. Raising them gives me a sort of an “inside knowledge” about what it means to be covered with feathers, or under his wings.
There’s nothing quite a vicious as a mother hen that is disturbed when you try to mess with her chicks. But if she has them under her wings, they are basically “hidden” from view. She looks a bit puffier, but there’s a 99% chance that you’ll never see those chicks when she has them sheltered in like that.
How absolutely peaceful to know that Jesus hides us like that. The enemy might know where we’re at, but when we make Jesus our refuge, our fortress… we can trust that He will deliver us from the SNARE and the PESTILENCE!
The Psalmist goes on to say that we have no reason to be afraid of the terrors by night or arrows by day. No fear of the pestilence in darkness (covered, unknown, as it were), or destruction at noon.
You see, God wants to make it clear, through the Psalmist’s words here, that no matter what trouble comes our way, or how it comes, we have no reason to worry. In fact, Psalm 91:7-11 says it this way:
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and then thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou has made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall be no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
He Knows My Name
The last three verses of chapter 91 give us even more to relish in, knowing that we belong to the Creator of the Heavens and the earth. He sets His love on us, and delivers us. Because we exalt Him above all else, He KNOWS my NAME.
You know, it’s one thing to know about someone. It’s quote another to truly know them. Think of any recent president. You know their whole name, background, affiliations, and the names of their wife and children. You probably know a good deal about their strengths, weaknesses, and pastimes.
But if you show up at the White House, chances are, you’ll simply be escorted out. Possibly with force. Because for all that you know about him, that still doesn’t mean you KNOW him.
It’s the same way with Jesus. You might know His Name, His characteristics, laws, and desires. But on that great and final day, what matters is whether or not HE knows YOU. (Matthew 7:23, Luke 13:27).
A Song for the Sabbath: Chapter 92
I couldn’t agree more with this Psalm. The goodness in giving thanks, in singing praises to God. To “shew forth” His lovingkindness in the morning and His faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:2)
Those words “shew forth” are translated from a Hebrew word that means “to declare, tell, announce, publish, or confess.” So, while some people might call us overzealous for speaking about Jesus constantly, the Psalmist says that’s a good thing to do!
Gladness and Triumph
And here’s another part I really like…about praising his with an instrument and making a solemn sound. I do love to worship Him with my instruments of praise, and with my voice. And just like it says moving on through this Psalm… He HAS made me glad! I will triumph in the work of His Hands!
But do you see the focus point here? There is no emphasis, whatsoever, on “self” but rather solely on God, His work, the joy that comes from Him, and His deeds, etc.
Just as Peter was safe atop the waves that roared under and around him when he got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus, everything was cool as long as he kept his focus. But then when that focus shifted… so did everything else!
God’s Enemies Will Be Judged
It’s easy to understand what is written here about the wicked springing up like grass. The truth is, sometimes evil and wicked people seem to prosper even more so than the righteous!
The truth is, their supposed flourishing only leads eternal destruction and damnation when they continue on that downward spiral or wickedness. Truly, some of the most horrifying words to read are found in verse seven, that speaks to the wicked being “destroyed for ever.”
Can you imagine? This isn’t speaking to something like losing a job or having a bad day. This is the eternal reward of the wicked: total and complete destruction that is eternal.
He is my Rock
Eventually, though, the righteous do flourish. Like a palm tree, the Bible says. Like a cedar in Lebanon. Still being fruitful, fat, and flourishing, even in old age.
But more than anything, that God is our rock, and there is NO unrighteousness in Him at all. Thank you, Jesus!
There are so many good things to consider here in these chapters. Have you held on to any of these verses in the hard times we’ve been going through? Have you made Him your rock? Has He hidden you under His wings?
How about your praising? Are you still praising Him through the storm, even though wickedness seems to be flourishing? These are very important to the Psalmist, and I believe they should be equally as important to us!
Oh Lord Jesus, I ask You to remind me anytime I allow fear to fester in my mind, my heart, or my life! Remind me that you are my rock and my fortress. Remind me that I can run and hide under the shelter of Your wings just like a chick can run to its mama hen and hide there, unseen to enemies, however close they might be. Lord, remind me that there is hope in no one else but You! And help me to be a light that spreads that Truth near and far, to every creature who will listen! I’ll never fail to give you all the honor and the glory and I ask these things in the mighty Name of Jesus! Amen!