Psalm 91 Verse 3

Psalm 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.

I love the first word in this verse, surely. Praise God, we can rely on the Word of God. God cannot lie. Surely He will deliver you. We can speak with confidence, “Surely He will deliver me.”

I have heard Christians say the devil told them something and they seem afraid or concerned about it. The devil is incapable of the truth; he is the father of lies and the truth is not in him. We are to silence him the same way Jesus did, with the truth, “Surely He will deliver me.”

Now let’s look at the phrase, the snare of the fowler, this is a picture of a person who catches birds in a baited trap. How does that relate to us? Again, let’s use scripture to develop this.

When Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 17:1, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!” The Greek word here for offenses is skandalon. A skandalon is the trigger of a trap (the mechanism closing a trap down on the unsuspecting victim); it is used in scripture figuratively for an offense, a means of stumbling, a method of entrapment, an uneven ground which trips the traveler, putting a negative cause-and-effect relationship into motion. Unforgiveness* is one of the most common snares of the devil. He baits his trap with an offense and when the unsuspecting person takes the bait, he closes the trap.

Jesus is not saying it is impossible for us to not be offended, He is saying, in this life, opportunities to become offended will come your way. We do not have to take the bait, we do not have to enter the trap. Why? Because of our trust in the grace of God, surely He will deliver me. Every time the Holy Spirit guides you to forgive someone, He is delivering you from the snare of the fowler. He is showing us the way of escape.

With every temptation that comes our way, God has made a way of escape. Generally the way of escape comes through the Word of God. Jesus is our way of escape. Trust Him, ask Him for wisdom. Surely He will deliver you.

He has also delivered us from the perilous pestilence. The perilous pestilence is a destructive deadly disease or plague. We do not need to fear any disease. Jesus provided healing for us in every way.

1 Peter 2: 24 tells us [Jesus] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. In this passage Peter is quoting Isaiah 53.

Isa 53:5 But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Don’t listen to the news and drug commercials telling you how many people will get sick or die, answer back, “It will not come near me, by Jesus stripes I was healed. Surely He will deliver me. He is my fortress, He is my refuge.”

 

*If you are interested in reading more on unforgiveness, download the pdf, “Could I Have Unforgiveness.”

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Psalm 91 Verse 4

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

The first half or this verse is truly a picture of compassion and nurturing, did you ever think of Father God as one who wants to nurture you?

Jesus said, “..How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings..

God longs to gather us, to nurture us, to protect us under His wings. He wants to draw you in close and hold you tight.

Psalm 86:15 tells us our God is full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” The Hebrew word for compassion is even used to describe how the womb surrounds the unborn child to nurture and protect the child.

Jesus was often moved with compassion, Matthew 14:14 tells us when Jesus saw the great multitude; He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. This is just one of many such references.

The second part of this verse talks about the truth of God’s Word is our shield and our buckler. When we believe something other than the Word of God, we give place to the enemy in our life. So many teach and believe we give place to the enemy by sinning, Jesus has taken care of the sin problem. Psalm 103:10 tells us “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.”  Sin is the result of giving place to the enemy; sin is the result, not the cause. The devil had to get Eve to believe the lie before he could get her to act on it. Knowing the truth is our defense, our shield and our buckler.

It’s not knowing truth of who we are and what we have in Christ Jesus that gives place to the fiery darts of the enemy. God does not punish us for sin by removing our shield, that punishment was put on Jesus. We put down our shield when we believe the lies of the devil. Paul shows his concern for the saints in 2 Co 11:3 when he states, “..I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Sin causes trauma to our soul, it causes us to draw away from God, it causes our conscience to condemn us, it causes us to not pray, sin causes death and destruction to our relationships, our bodies, and every aspect of our life. It is no wonder why God hates sin, it produces death.

Eph 6:16 tells us, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Here Paul uses the phrase, “above all”, above all taking the shield of faith.

Let me share a personal story to illustrate. It is a simple everyday life story, but that is where we need to begin, in the little things.

The first time I put my newborn into the church nursery, all kinds of anxious thoughts flooded my soul. “What if he’s afraid?” “What if he won’t take his bottle?” “What if they’re too busy?” I thought as I walked from the education wing to the main sanctuary, then Word of God rose up on the inside of me by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I took up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit declaring, “All my children are taught of the LORD, and great is the peace of my children. (Is 54:13)” Over and over I recounted the scripture as I walked. By the time I was seated in the sanctuary, the fiery darts of anxiety had been quenched, my mind was in perfect peace and ready to receive the Word. I was so confident in God’s Word, I believed angels would take care of my baby if he needed it. Much to my delight, when I returned to the nursery, I was told, “If all the babies were like yours, we would have no trouble at all”.  Praise God!

How important is it to know the Word of God? It is our sword, our shield and our buckler.  When the devil came to tempt Jesus, He refuted his temptations with the Word of God and the devil left for another time because he could find no place in Jesus. The Word will fight for you. The Word will do the work. Speak the Word!

Psalm 91 Verse 5

Psalm 91:5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day

Terrorism was never mentioned in the news when I was growing up but today there is not a day that goes by without something in the news about it. I have to say they have named it correctly; the whole purpose of the enemy’s lies is to cause the people of this earth to live with terror in dread of a disaster. He wants to sow fear in our hearts, our speech and our actions. Fear is the enemy of our faith.

Psalm118:6 tells us, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Of all the scriptures in the bible, I am sure I have said this one more than any other. Psalm 91:5 declares,”You shall not be afraid of terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.”

The Lord does not say, “try not to be afraid and when that does not work, try harder,” He says, “you will not be afraid.” When the Lord says, “You will not be afraid”, by the grace of God, I respond by saying, “I will not be afraid!” Fear is not something to be taken lightly. Some people think they are not in fear because they don’t feel afraid at the moment but yet their speech and their actions are full of fear.

Do you buckle your seat belt because you are afraid you will fly through the windshield, or do buckle your seat belt because it is a safety feature of the car and it’s the law? Fear can be very subtle.

The things of the spirit realm cannot enter the physical earth realm without the cooperation of man and the spoken word. If it were not so, the devil would appear and kill all the Jews and Christians right now; but he does not have the authority, he must work through man.

Likewise the blessing of the Lord must be brought into this realm through faith. If it were not so, God would force His will onto all mankind and we would all be healed, delivered, and instantly set free. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish. It is God’s will that none perish but not everyone cooperates with His will.

Think about, “What would you do if you had no fear?”

2 Tim1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalm 91 Verse 6

Psalm 91:6 (You shall not be afraid) ..of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

In verse 3, We talked about, “surely God will deliver you from the deadly pestilence, here in verse 6, the Psalm declares we shall not even be afraid of it.

Terrorism, war, pestilence, famine and disasters are things that affect multitudes of people; but He who dwells in the secret place will not be afraid. Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This scriptures gives a perfect picture of a loving father holding his young child’s hand. No matter how often the toddler stumbles, he never falls on his face when he is holding his father’s hand.

As a parent, we never want our children to be afraid, we never want to see them get hurt. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus tells us, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

No matter what is going on all around us in this world, our Father does not want us to be afraid. 1 John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

Do you really know how much the Father loves you? He loves you so much He sent His son to die for you. Rom 8:32 says, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Let not your heart be troubled!

Psalm 91 Verse 7

Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

Now that is a promise! When God Himself is your fortress, your safe refuge, disaster and devastation shall not come near you.

A personal illustration that comes to mind is a time when there were forest fires raging in Florida. My husband’s parent’s property was right in the path of the fire, my mother-in-law went outside and declared that the blood of Jesus was protecting their property. The fire went around the property and it did not come near her!

What was she doing? She was declaring God’s protection, she put their property in the secret place. When we declare God’s promises, we are not trying to get God to do something He is unwilling to do. On the contrary, we are declaring what God has already done and given us in His Word.

We declare God is our protection because He is. We choose to receive God’s protection because He is our protection. Faith declares and lays hold of what God has promised, it brings the reality of the gospel into this realm where we can experience it.

That is how each one of us who is born again received salvation! We are saved by grace through faith. Once a person receives salvation, their confession never changes. They say, “I am saved”, they don’t say, “I am trying to be saved” or “I hope so.”  They know!

Everything received from God is by grace through faith!

Sickness, disease, and disaster, listen up! You shall not come near me! The Lord is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I trust.

Psalm 91 Verse 8

Psalm 91:8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

Have you noticed a progression as we have been going through the Psalm? First, we know, “surely He will deliver us,” then “we shall not be afraid,” then “it shall not come near us.” The more that you meditate and declare, “The Lord is my fortress, He is my safe refuge,” the more you will know the reality of God’s love and protection.

We are not trusting in what we heard someone else say or even in our faith, we are putting our trust in our God. He wants us to know Him, to put our trust in Him! Even though Paul went through severe persecutions for the sake of the gospel, he declared “..I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him..” (2 Tim 1:12)

Ephesians 2:4-6 tells us “God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus..”

Being seated with Christ in heavenly places is another picture of the secret place, a place of sweet fellowship, a place of authority. A place where, “Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

What is the reward of the wicked? Again let’s use scripture to define scripture. Rom 6:23 tells us, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Those who have not accepted the free gift of eternal life in Christ are earning the wages of sin and death.

1 Peter 4:15 tells us we are “not to suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” We as Christians are not to suffer like the world under the curse of law, Gal 3:13 tells us, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree..”)”

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Our Father does not want us to suffer any of the things that belong to the curse, we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ Jesus.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so! (Psalm 107:2)

Psalm 91 Verses 9-10

Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

We are at the half way point in our Psalm 91 verse by verse study. I hope you are enjoying the journey. Are you starting to see how rich this psalm is?

In verse 9, we see something new. There are two voices represented [9 Because “you” have made the Lord, who is “my” refuge; Even the Most High, “your” dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;] Who are these two voices? It could be the psalmist singing to the congregation, but I believe it is much more. Not only is David singing to the congregation, he is also singing to his own soul and prophetically to Jesus, the Messiah, and to us, those who are in Christ.

In Psalm 91: 9-10, it may appear at first glance the psalmist is just recapping the situation but let’s look through the eye of faith. He is declaring to himself, “9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” He is building himself up on his most holy faith. (Jude 20)

There are many psalms where the psalmist speaks to his own soul. For instance, in Psalm 103 he instructs his soul to bless the Lord.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:

In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist encourages himself in the Lord by telling himself to hope in God.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

What a wonderful way to start each morning, “Lord, you are my refuge and my fortress; You are My God, I put my trust in You.” And then, remind your soul, declaring, “Because I have made the Lord my dwelling place, No evil shall befall me, No plague shall come near me!”

Hallelujah!