Intro: These days believers need all the assurance and encouragement we can get to press on in hope as we look at the world around us. So, let me encourage you and me, today; God is still in control of this world—even in its sinful and deceived state—and He has given His Word to protect his children from danger. He is all-powerful and He is all we really need! If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31).
Order is reflective of our Creator; nature itself reveals the orderly characteristics of our God. Look around and witness the “disorder” that is evident and presently abounding on earth. A dismantling of divine wisdom and order has been put into motion; the authority of God’s Word being challenged at every turn. Deception produces disorder and chaos, friends. Where does that leave us as believers? Because believers stand on the Word of God as Truth, the world will not be in agreement with the One in whom we place our trust. Yet, don’t fear because God will use this deception as his footstool to rise to power and one day bring things back into peace and order.
In our passage today, the psalmist reminds God’s children over and over again that although we live in the midst of danger because we live in a fallen world, we have a great Refuge as our hiding place. God is our Protector no matter what kind of danger we face. When fear comes to rob us, we raise our Shield of faith—our Defender—and speak the Word to thwart the enemy’s attack. Our challenge will always be the same; we must remain or dwell in the shadow of God and pray for his salvation and protection. As we honor God, he will bring us honor. My friends, stay the course and remain in hope and trust. This psalm is Good News!
Psalm 91:9-16 (TPT)
When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm.
If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
and keep you from stumbling.
You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness
trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you loved me, delighted in me, and have been loyal to my name,
I will greatly protect you.
I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will feel my presence
in your time of trouble.
I will deliver you and bring you honor.
I will satisfy you with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Prayer: Lord, you are our Mighty Protector of our lives and the Defender of our souls. We trust you to take care of us as your children. Set your angels around us. We pray for you to be exalted into your rightful place as the Ruler of this world. Thank you for bringing order to our lives as we wait for you to one day bring divine order to the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.