PSALM 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

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

Commentary for this psalm is from Warren Weirsbe’s ‘BE Exultant’.

Psalm 90 focuses on dealing with the difficulties of life, but the emphasis in this psalm is on the dangers of life.  The anonymous author (though some think Moses wrote it). warns about hidden traps, deadly plagues, terrors at night and arrows by day, stumbling over rocks, and facing lions and snakes!………..The saints who abide in Christ (vv. 1,  9) cannot avoid confronting unknown perils, but they can escape the evil consequences.  Moses, David, and Paul, and a host of other servants of God faced great danger in accomplishing God’s will, and the Lord saw them through…….The psalmist described the elements involved in living the life of confidence and victory. 

     Faith in God—the Hidden Life (vv. 1–4).  The most important part of a believer’s life is the part that only God sees, the “hidden life” of communion and worship that is symbolized by the Holy of Holies in the Jewish sanctuary (Ex . 25:18–22; Heb. 10:19–25).  God is our refuge and strength (46:1).  He hides us that he might help us and then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life…..The author of the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (v. 10) and his Lord (vv. 1, 9)……Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies.(36:7-8)……Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding under the wings of the mother hen (Matt.23:37; Luke 13:34), and the psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of the cherubim in the tabernacle..….The hidden life of worship and communion makes possible the public life of obedience and service. This God shelters us beneath the wings of the cherubim, but he also gives us the spiritual armor we need (v. 4). …..His truth and faithfulness protect us as we claim His promises and obey Him.  The shield is a large shield that covers the whole person…….Some translations give “bulwark” or “rampart” instead of “buckler”.  The Hebrew word means “to go around”  and would describe a mound of earth around a fortress.  But the message is clear: Those who abide in the Lord are safe when they are doing His will.  God’s servants are immortal til their work is done (Rom. 8:28-39).

Peace from God—the Protected Life (vv. 5–13).  When we practice “the hidden life” we are not alone, for God is with us and compensates us for our inadequacies.  This paragraph emphasizes that we need not be afraid because the Lord and His angels watch over us……Verses 7-8 read like the description of a battle and may have a direct relationship to the covenant promises God made with Israel (Lev. 26:8; Deut. 32:30). With their own eyes, Israel saw the grief of the Egyptians over their first born who died on Passover night (Ex. 12:29-30), and they also saw the Egyptian army dead on the shore of the Red Sea (Ex. 14:26-31), yet no harm came to the people of Israel……God’s angel went before them to prepare the way and lead the way (Ex. 23:20)………..        

Love For God—the Satisfied Life  (vv. 14-16).  The Lord spoke and announced what he would do for those of His people who truly loved Him and acknowledged Him with obedient lives.  The word translated “love” is not the usual word, but one that means  “to cling to, to cleave, to be passionate.”  It is used in Deut. 7:7 and 10:15 for the love Jehovah has for His people Israel.  Among His blessings will be deliverance and protection (“set Him on high”), answered prayer, companionship in times of trouble, honor, satisfaction and a long life……It is one thing for a doctor to add years to our lives, but God adds life to our years and makes that life worthwhile.

God will always see us through difficult times if we yield everything to Him. Put all your trust in the Lord. I know it may be tiring hearing the same words over and over about how He loves us, He will never leave us, He is in control, but I have found out, from my continually reading through the Bible, the constant repetition, of the fore mentioned items, has made it easier now to instantly release things to Him. Not everything, I’m still working on that, but I can release more then I did before and the list keeps growing.

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

 

 

 

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