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 Verse 11

Psalm 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.

He has given His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. That means He has assigned angels to me, to make sure that I don’t get hurt in any way.

Is it worth it to give your life to God and make Him Your dwelling place? I say a big YES!

Let’s look more into angels. Heb 1:14 asks the question, “Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” There is a myriad [too many to number] of angels, this scripture says, “are not all” sent forth for us.

In Second Chronicles, Hezekiah strengthen the people saying, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.

When a great army of horses and chariots came against Israel, the prophet Elisha’s assistant ran to him saying, “What shall we do?” Elisha answered him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Sometimes the circumstances seem overwhelming, but never forget, we are not alone. I want you to see there are more with us than there are with them. There are as many with us as there needs to be to accomplish the mission. Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” When we speak the Word of God, we bring His voice into the earth, into our situation. Listen for the voice of God within you, He will give you the words to speak.

One of my first encounters with angels came shortly after I made Jesus the Lord of my life. This was way back before ATM cards and cell phones. We had just moved to a new house and we needed groceries and supplies. My husband told me there would be enough gas in the car to get to the store and then I could get some cash back to fill up the tank on my way back.

As I drove to the store, I prayed, Lord, I am trusting in You to get me to the store and back and I believe You will put gas in the car supernaturally if I need it. I made it to the store okay, bought what I needed, but when I asked if I could get cash back with my check, I was told, “No, your account is too new.” I loaded my groceries into the car, strapped in my two little boys who wanted to come along, and tried to start the car. The car sputtered a bit, but would not start. I was out of gas.

Before I could open the car door, there were two men standing at the car window asking if I needed help. I told them I was out of gas and they quickly replied, wait right here, we will be back. In less than fifteen minutes, they were back with five gallons of gas. I asked them if they had a business card so I could send them money. They replied, “No, this is what we do,” and they were gone.

Praise the Lord! The Lord and His angels have rescued me many times since then, more than I am even aware of. Every morning we can thank the Lord that His angels are working on our behalf. Thank you Jesus for your lovingkindness.

If you have had an encounter with angels, please share it in the comments 🙂

Psalm 91 Verse 12

Psalm 91:12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Imagine angels lifting you up with their hands so that you do not even stub your toe! Imagine angels keeping you safe as you drive, catching you when you fall, showing you the way when you are lost, moving your hand before you wrap your knuckles on the edge of the table. Can you see how much God loves us?

The devil used this very scripture to tempt Jesus to “prove” He was the Messiah, by saying, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” Jesus did not need to prove who he was, He knew, He had just heard the Father tell Him so at the Jordan River. Satan wanted Jesus to doubt who He was and try to prove Himself. Satan wanted to steal the Word from Jesus.

The parable of the sower explains how the devil comes to steal the Word that is sown in our hearts. His plan was no different with Jesus. Father God had just proclaimed to Jesus that He was His Beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. (I suspect that caused quite a stir in the spirit realm.)

The only way the Word of God can bear fruit in our lives is when it is sown in our hearts. Jesus explained to the disciples, “he who receives seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who accepts it, who keeps it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Satan wants us to doubt who we are in Christ Jesus. He wants us to look at our own holiness and disqualify ourselves from the promises. When Peter and John told the man at the gate beautiful to rise up and walk and the people started to gather around, Peter said, “Why do you look at us, as if by our own holiness we made this man walk, it is faith in the Name of Jesus that made this man walk.”

Receive the promise of angels watching over you today because of who Jesus is!