Psalm Chapter 91 Study, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

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Psalm 91:7-11 “7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked 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; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”

I recall from back in the days where they had a commercial for a new jeep. It depicted how the jeep could dodge things coming at it to destroy it. Up on the mountain, you would see rocks, trees etc. coming at it, yet they were falling on its side none destroying it. One of their main points (though not accurate in my judgment) was that it could survive in that environment because they built it to.

While the jeep manufactures can exaggerate what their car can do, the life of a believer is built and secured by His maker. He is built to be an overcomer, a conqueror through Christ who strengthens him (Philippians 4:13). He is made to survive in his surrounding whether things change or not. 1John 5:4, qualifies it when it says, 4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith”. This is a huge struggle for us as believers because even though we know this truth, we feel deficient and paralyzed.

The man who communes with God is not affected by this infection and corruption; he holds the truth when falsehood is all it fashions. God’s assurance, vs. 7, “A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you”. This truth can be seen in Egypt when the Lord brought His ten plagues. While the Egyptians were plagued by it, not with the Israelites, a thousand were falling on their left side and ten thousand on their right hand side however none of the plagues including the one that claimed the lives of the first born had effect on them. This shows both the great devastation made by the plague where it came, and the special care and providence of God in preserving His people from. The Lord assured them that , “8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked”. They did see and hear  however none of it descended on them.

Vs. 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;”. The Israelites took the Lord at His word and applied the blood of the lamb on the door post of their homes so that when the angel of death appeared, they would be protected from what was about to befall others. The Psalmist here may have looked back to those days and learned a valuable lesson of making the Lord His trust, His refuge, His dwelling place for safety in the midst of danger. Ascribing all this safety to the Lord; whose providence was in a peculiar manner over him, whose power protected him, and he was as an asylum or city of refuge to him; so that nothing could hurt him.

Vs. 11 “For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways”, I think we minimize the ministry of the angels, we forget that God has set His angels (notice the plurality) over His children. Could it be a legion of angels? Only God knows. When Elisha says in 2 Kings 6:16 …, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”, could he be talking of ministering angels?. Psalm 34:7, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them”. As Charles Spurgeon writes, “The covenant angel, the Lord Jesus, at the head of all the bands of heaven, surrounds with his army the dwellings of the saints. Like hosts entrenched so are the ministering spirits encamped around the Lord’s chosen, to serve and succor, to defend and console them. On every side the watch is kept by warriors of sleepless eyes, and the Captain of the host is one whose prowess none can resist. We little know how many providential deliverances we owe to those unseen hands which are charged to bear us up lest we dash our foot against a stone”.

Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befall, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Blessings Ev

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