“…Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday…
…If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” “
Psalm 91:3-6, 9-13 NIV
That’s a mouthful, huh? I love this entire chapter of Psalm. This is the one chapter I constantly turn to when I’m in times of distress for encouragement. It’s a reminder that no matter what is lurking around ahead of you, God can lift you up to not just overcome the situation, but to conquer it.
The great lion and the serpent are often referred to in the scriptures as the enemy. They are metaphors for Satan and his demons. With God’s help, you can overcome even the greatest of evils.
The scripture tells you the answer.
“If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling…”” – Psalm 91:9 NIV
There’s no magical chant or series of steps that we need to do. God is specifically against magic as that comes from the evil one.
“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.” –Ezekiel 13:20 NIV
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. ” – Colossians 2:8 ESV
God’s power is not magic or trickery. So, don’t listen to false prophets encouraging you to use “special” words or phrases to invoke protection. Even if the words come from the Bible. Even Satan used God’s word to try and trick Jesus into disobeying God.
“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “
Satan quoted Psalm 91 directly to Jesus in order to tempt him into testing God’s word and throwing himself from the cliff. If Satan can quote the scripture, do you not think those under his influence can as well?
God warns us all through the Old and New Testament to beware of false prophets. So, anything that anyone tells you –> FACT CHECK IT!
And I don’t mean go to Google. Don’t trust anyone or anything except the Word of God itself. Pull out your bible and look for it yourself and read it IN CONTEXT!!! People like to twist scriptures to fit many different scenarios.
If you are constantly reading and immersed in the Bible then you will hear the Holy Spirit guiding you and telling you when something is wrong or doesn’t line up.
I went on a bit of a tangent, but I feel that it’s very important that you understand that Psalm 91 is not telling you to say something specific or special to invoke God’s protection. Look at it deeper than that.
“If you say, “The Lord is my refuge…’ “ –> God is telling us to literally put all of our faith and trust in Him.
“…and you make the Most High your dwelling…” –> It’s not a specific place or stance. The Word is saying, if we are living our lives for God (in everything we do and say) and we stay close to Him, then we will have His protection when we need it.
So, chin up! No matter what you are going through right now in your life, you can have God on your side. Just turn to Him and be close to Him & most importantly put your trust in Him. Then let God take the reigns!
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my new fellow blogger friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files