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The key to this Psalm is found in the Temptation of JESUS by the devil:
Matthew 4:1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (KJV) . . . Also found in Luke 4:1-13, and mentioned in Mark 1:12-13.
Psalm 91 is the Psalm that was quoted by Satan, when he tempted the LORD JESUS to betray His faith and trust in what He knew to be Truth. It is one Satan knows very well, as we shall see.
Satan knew that JESUS was very aware of Psalm 91. Satan also knew that JESUS knew Psalm 91 was about Him. The entire event about would have no meaning unless these two scenes were true. Satan has only three chances to directly tempt JESUS into sin, and he chose to quote Psalm 91:11-12 in his attack on the LORD JESUS. Psalm 91:10-12 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV) . . . The key to this Passage is found in the Matthew 4:5-7 and Luke 4:9-12.
Satan really does try to get JESUS on the defensive by testing His faith in this Promise. Satan wanted to make JESUS doubt His own faith in GOD’S Promise of angelic protection. He also may have been testing JESUS’ knowledge and faith in the Scriptures. Satan was willing to use any way he could to create a problem for JESUS.
In that wicked temptation, Satan was directly out to cause misery for JESUS. Satan would have been really stupid to have made a wrong statement. JESUS would simply have told him that he had misinterpreted that Scripture, but instead, JESUS accepts Satan’s evidence and redirects him to another Scripture that completely sets aside JESUS’ need to respond to the implications of Satan’s request. This means that JESUS knew Psalm 91 very well and had put much thought into applying it to His own life. JESUS had a firm understanding of the prophecies rooted here, and Satan did NOT, nor could NOT confuse Him . . . not even for a moment!
Psalm 91 is about JESUS. If this were not so, this temptation event is utterly ridiculous!
Setting: The human author of Psalm 91 is not known for certain, but he seems to have witnessed an event in Heaven in which the pre-incarnate JESUS speaks, and is blessed by GOD the FATHER Himself.
Psalm 91 was supposedly composed by either Moses or David, and teaches a firm, stable confidence in the safety provided by GOD to the reader. There are some who consider Psalm 91 to be a MESSIANIC prophecy (myself included), especially in the second half.
Psalm 91:1-10 portrays GOD as a shadow (Ps.17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 63:7; 91:1; Isa.4:6; Hos.14:7), and as a fortress (2 Sam.22:2-3, 47; Ps.18:2; 31:3; 71:3; 91:2; 144:2; Pro.18:10; Nah.1:7), to which His servants can go to seek rest and protection. Verses 11 through 13 explain that GOD gives the task of protecting His servants to His angels. The protection these angels allow servants of GOD, is to overcome the influence of Satan, represented by a lion and a serpent. Matthew 4:6 applies this Passage to CHRIST JESUS, which causes some readers to see all of Psalm 91 as a message from GOD to His MESSIAH. The final verses, 14 to 16, seem to be spoken by GOD Himself, being a final affirmation that GOD does hear the prayers of His servants and is ready and quite willing to protect those who trust Him.
Psalm 91 is unfamiliar to us, because the poetic portrayals of danger are not common to us. Most people never fear snakes or wild animals in the streets where we live, nor arrows flying in the daytime or the plague stalking at night. These dangers were to others of another time or place. But, this Psalm is remarkable because of the fact that Satan quoted it in his temptation of our LORD (Mat.4:6). We must consider, that since he tries to misinterpret and misapply it in the life of our LORD, he will be expected to try to distort its message of Truth in our lives. As a result, we must also consider some of the abuses and mishandling of the Scriptures brought forth by false teachers and false prophets. https://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_cults.htm
https://www.hisservants.org/f_1_falsehoods_rampant.htm . . . BEWARE!!! The people who bring these falsehoods are children of the devil. (1 John 3:7-10).
Psalm 91 . . . Promises from GOD:
I will rescue him... (deliver, make way to escape)
I will protect him... (put him on a safe place)
I will answer him... (respond to, reply, speak)
I will be with him in trouble... (in affliction, distress; weakness)
I will deliver him... (rescue, bring to a safe place)
I will honor him... (with strong faith, righteousness, integrity)
With long life, I will satisfy him... (to have an abundance of goodness)
And I will show him my salvation… (let him see my deliverance and victory)
There are such tremendous blessings when we decide to seek after GOD and choose to walk in His ways. In the midst of the great darkness (evil) in this world, we cannot live in it all without His love, His Truth, His grace and freedom (1 Cor.15:54-57; 1 Jn.5:4), for we would be wallowing in the muddy pit of hogs (2 Pet.2:22) . . . and there is absolutely NO hope to be found there (Lk.15:11-16). This world has been dark for generations, ever since sin first came into the Earth at the result of the enemy's lies (Gen.3).
GOD Promises reminds us that in all that we walk through in this life, we are never alone (Jn.14:16; Rom.8:9; Heb.13:5). Dear one, the LORD does NOT say that we will not face hard times . . . BUT . . . He does say that He shall be with us in those bad days, helping us overcome. Please, do NOT ever doubt it. GOD works with those who love Him and honor His Name. He is SO good to us. We may never really know, in this life, how very much He has protected us from in this life. We should be grateful and thank Him for His awesome love and protection.
One of the most interesting things about Psalm 91 is that the devil was familiar with it, memorized it, and hated it, just as he hates all that is in GOD’S Holy Word. But, the devil used it by distorting it at the time of the Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness. Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (KJV) . . . The devil knew EXACTLY Who JESUS was! I think this could be worded: seeing thou art the Son of God . . . this temptation tried to appeal to the LORD’S present hunger, the impulse of the moment, as most of our temptations do. The tempter was successful with his temptation about the matter of eating with the first Adam, that he tried the same method with the Second Adam (1 Cor.15:45-49). Satan hoped to succeed in this temptation, because CHRIST was now very hungry; and because he had won with our first parents, by tempting them to eat of the forbidden fruit. Devils know Jesus: (Mat.8:29; Mk.1:34; 3:11; Lk.4:34-35, 41).
Matthew 4:5-6 tells how the devil took JESUS to the pinnacle of the Temple and challenged Him to jump . . . because the angels would not let anything happen to Him. But JESUS did not jump, He simply quoted more Scripture (Deut.6:16). Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (KJV)
BEWARE!!! There are many ways the devil will try to get us to turn away from GOD:
- #1 Seduce by pleasure (1 Tim. 5:11-15).
- #2 Quote Scriptures to lead astray (Mat.4:6).
- #3 Afflict the body (2 Cor. 12:7).
- #4 Tempt by pride (1 Tim. 3:6).
- #5 Pluck away the seed of the Word (Mark 4:15).
- #6 Tempt by impure thoughts (1 Cor. 7:5).
- #7 Hinder through circumstances (1 Thes.2:18).
- #8 Severely buffet in a crises (Luke 22:31).
- #9 Tempt to hypocrisy and lying ( Acts 5:3).
- #10 He tries to make us deny CHRIST’S virgin birth, or His death and His resurrection, or His ascension to Heaven, or His power, or His love for us, or His forgiveness of our sins, or His Second Coming. BEWARE of this evil one! He is out to get you!
There is Safety for Those Who Have
GOD as Their REFUGE (91:1-8)
He that by faith chooses GOD for his Protector, shall find that He is so much more . . . the LORD GOD is all that we need or can ever desire. Those who have found the comfort and peace of making the LORD their REFUGE, greatly desire that others may do so. Our spiritual life is guarded by the amazing grace of GOD, from the snares and temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler and the infection of sin, which is a noisome pestilence (Ps.91:3). Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without reason, and faith shall keep them from being overly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly FATHER'S will is done . . . and we have no reason to fear . . . for IF it is not GOD’S will, we want NO part of it! GOD'S people shall see, not only GOD'S Promises fulfilled, but also His threats of His wrath on the unbelievers. Sinners must come to the FATHER upon His mercy seat (Rom.3:24-25; 1 Jn.2:1-2; 4:10), through the REDEEMER'S Name; and we must encourage others to trust in CHRIST JESUS also, for He is the ONLY WAY to GOD the FATHER who is in Heaven. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . ONLY belief and faith in JESUS can save your soul from the lake of fire, Hell! . . . BEWARE!!! YOU do NOT want to go to Hell: (Mat.25:41; Mk.9:43-48; 16:16; Jn.3:18-19, 36; Heb.2:3; 12:25; 1 Jn.5:10-13; Rev.19:20; 20:15).
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (KJV)
He that dwelleth . . . the offer is universal, and is intended to embrace all who are GOD’S children (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8), and in this condition. Dwelleth here means sitting in the secret place. It suggests calm peacefulness; resting; sitting down, as one does in his home.
In the secret place . . . (Ps.27:5; 31:20; 32:7). Living where GOD lives. The idea is that of having one’s home and of sitting with Him in that secret place.
Of the Most High . . . of GOD, here represented as exalted above all, and over all the Universe. The MOST HIGH, the SUPREME ONE is a title of GOD, who is superior to all beings, for He is the CREATOR and PRESERVER of them. GOD is over all, higher than the highest of angels or men (Gen.14:22). His secret place is His Heart, His Bosom, where His only begotten SON lies (Jn.1:18); and the place where He takes His people, where they enjoy close fellowship with Him; which is none other than His gracious PRESENCE, called the secret of thy presence (Ps.31:20) where none but saints are admitted.
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty . . . Almighty GOD is able to do all things for His people, He is all sufficient, as the word Almighty is thought to indicate; GOD has an abundance of happiness in and for Himself, and abundant provisions for all His creatures, and of power and grace for His own children. His shadow may be the same with His secret place, His power and His protection, often in this Book of Psalms called the shadow of his wings (Ps.17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 63:7), which is a reference to birds that overshadow and protect their young with their wings; although maybe the reference here may be to the shadow of a tree, and plan the word and ordinances of the LORD'S House, which is a delightful, refreshing, reviving and fruitful shadow (Song 2:3), where gracious souls dwell, and where they abide with great delight and pleasure. CHRIST JESUS, the SON of GOD, is sometimes compared to the shadow of a rock, or tree (Ps.31:2-3; Isa.31:2-3), which screens and shelters from heat; as He preserves His people from the heat of a fiery law, the flaming sword of justice, the wrath of GOD, the fiery darts of Satan, and the fury of persecutors. Under this shadow they abide or lodge all night, safe and secure, as the word signifies. One version says, the shadow of the GOD of heaven.
*****Those who live a life of unity with the LORD are always safe under His protection, and they can preserve a holy serenity and security of mind at all times (Ps.91:1). He that dwells, sits down in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. All those, that by faith choose GOD for their GUARDIAN shall find all that they need or desire. The character of a TRUE believer is that he dwells in the secret place of the Most High; he is at home in GOD, returns to GOD, and relaxes in Him as His Rest. It is the privilege and comfort of those that do so that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty; He shelters them, and He comes between them and everything that would trouble them. They shall not only be admitted, but have a residence, under GOD'S protection; He will be their REST and REFUGE for ever.
Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my GOD; in him will I trust. (KJV)
I will say of the LORD . . . these seem to be the psalmist’s words of, expressing his faith in the LORD. The Targum says: David said, I will say to the Lord, as follows:
He is my refuge . . . a refuge is s safe haven in every time of trouble, a refuge when all others fail. The LORD is a never failing REFUGE, a strong, sturdy REFUGE which none can break into, and in which all that have fled to this REFUGE, dwell in safety.
And my fortress . . . what defenses, natural or man-made are to a city and its residents . . . that is what GOD is to His people . . . but He is much more . . . He is around them, as the mountains are around Jerusalem. His deliverance and rescue are walls and fortifications to them, He is a wall of fire about them (Ps.125:2; Zec.2:5). They are kept by His Almighty power, as in a military base (1 Pet.1:5).
My GOD, in him will I trust . . . his Covenant GOD, his GOD in CHRIST, and who would always continue to be so. The LORD GOD was the correct OBJECT of his trust and confidence, both as the GOD of nature (1 Chron.16:31; Ps.65:13; 69:34; 96:12; 98:8; 145:10; Isa.42:11; 44:23; 55:12; Hab.3:3; Lk.19:40), and the GOD of grace (Ps.45:2; 1 Cor.1:4; Gal.2:21; Eph.2:8; 2 Thes.1:12; Tit.2:11; 1 Pet.5:10; 2 Per.1:2; 2 Jn.1:3), and Who is to be totally trusted, for both temporal and spiritual blessings, at all times; because of His lovingkindness, power and faithfulness. The Targum says: in his Word will I trust.
*****There is NO reason to question the LORD’S sufficiency. If the LORD is our GOD, our REFUGE and our FORTRESS, what is it that we could desire that we could not find in Him? He is not fickle, not false, not weak, not mortal . . . He is ETERNAL GOD, He is not a here today, gone tomorrow god . . . therefore there is NO danger of ever being disappointed in Him. We know Whom we have trusted.
Have you ever considered our soul’s understanding of GOD?
The most humble child of GOD has as great a weapon ready for his defense of spiritual truths, just as the most learned child has. There is great wealth of such a soul’s knowledge of GOD.
(1). The LORD is my REFUGE . . . from despair, trouble, sorrow.
(2). The LORD is my FORTRESS. The enemies grouped against the soul are not just powers, but some of them are in aggressive opposition to the soul. What a fortress was to the people of ancient days (a place of secure defense), so the LORD is to those who obey Him (Jn.15:14-15).
(3). The LORD is my GOD. This improves over the other two Titles. It is a wonderful thing to be able to say about Him, He is my REFUGE . . . it is a better thing yet to be able to say, He is my FORTRESS, but it is the pinnacle of happiness to say, He is my FRIEND, my COMPANION, my CONFIDANT, my GOD!
(4). The end result of our soul’s understanding of GOD would be: In Him will I trust! Trust is determined and unwavering faith in GOD, is the soul experimenting in spiritual things, and is the only way to a fuller knowledge and a more blessed understanding. The person who trusts the LORD in all the circumstances of life is rational, and proceeds from a sensible basis, just as the researcher who, starting from what he knows, goes on by experimenting to discover the unknown. Let your knowledge of GOD the FATHER, of the CHRIST JESUS the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT, never change, except to be enlarged, purified and strengthened. Dear one, this is the will of GOD concerning you.
Psalm 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. (KJV)
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler . . . meaning that GOD would save him from the plans of wicked people (Ps.18:5). These seem to be the words of the psalmist, either speaking to himself for the encouragement of his own faith and trust in the LORD; or to those that dwell in the secret place, and under the shadow of the most High (Ps.91:1).
And from the noisome pestilence . . . noisome = disgusting, offensive, fatal, the most pernicious and destructive one; which may be literally understood of any deadly disease; from which the LORD, by His awesome wisdom, sometimes protects His people, when in danger of it: or spiritually, of the deadly disease of sin, the disgusting and deadly plague of the heart, which is the worst of all plagues; and from the disastrous and destructive effects and consequences of which the LORD saves His people.
*****All those who have themselves found the tremendous comfort of making GOD their refuge greatly want others to have the comfort, joy and peace that they possess. GOD promises
that believers shall be kept from those mischiefs which they are in imminent danger of, and which would be fatal to them, from the snare of the fowler, which is laid unseen and catches the unwary prey all of a sudden, and from the noisome pestilence, which seizes men unawares and against which there is no safeguard.
Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (KJV)
He shall cover thee with his feathers . . . birds protect their young with the warmth of their wings, who cannot shelter themselves: in doing so, they keep them warm and protect them from those that would hurt them; This rightly represents the helpless state of the children of GOD, who are like baby birds, weak and unable to defend themselves. The tender love of GOD to them is like that of an eagle and other birds have for their young (Deut.32:11; Ps.36:7; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7; 91:1, 4). The tender love and concern of GOD for His children warms and comforts their souls, as well as protects them under His powerful and gracious PRESENCE. He comforts them in their tribulations, and He defends them from their enemies.
And under his wings shalt thou trust . . . see verse 1, the same comparison is continued.
His truth shall be thy shield and buckler . . . His truth is His unfailing Promise and the confidence that what He has promised to do . . . He will absolutely perform. His truth is His being 100% faithful, to keep and preserve His saints safe to His Kingdom and glory (1 Cor.1:8). Dear one, GOD’S only begotten SON (Jn.3:16), is TRUTH in Himself. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . CHRIST JESUS is the only PERSON whose precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19), and wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor.1:30) are a shield and buckler (Ps.35:2; 91:4), all around the saints, to secure them from ruin and destruction; and is the shield which faith lays hold on (Ps.84:11), the Word of GOD also, which is Truth (Jn.17:19), every Promise in it, and every doctrine of it, is as a shield and buckler to strengthen, support and secure the faith of His people (Pro.30:5). . . . CHRIST JESUS IS THE TRUTH: (Jn.1:14, 17; 8:32; 15:1; 18:37; Rom.15:8-9; 2 Cor.1:19-20; Col.2:9, 17; 1 Jn.1:8; 5:6, 20; Rev.1:5; 3:7, 14; 19:11).
*****Verses 1-4 introduces the matter of the saints’ safety, but the main importance falls on our awesome GOD Himself. Dear one, GOD is our REFUGE and our STRENGTH. It is our faith in His love and His power which keep us, and one day shall give us access to our inheritance, which is reserved in Heaven for us (1 Pet.1:4). Also see: (Ps.31:19; Col.1:5; 3:3-4; 2 Tim.4:8).
In verse 1, our GOD is called the MOST HIGH and the ALMIGHTY, and both terms clearly and correctly state His Position and His unlimited power.
Psalm 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; (KJV)
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night . . . terrible things happen in the night, such as fire, storms, tornados, invasion of enemies, murders, thefts and robberies. A child of GOD, when he has committed himself and his family to the care and protection of GOD by prayer, has no reason to worry anxiously about these things, or have a fear of them (Ps.3:5). The Targum says: thou shall not be afraid for the fear of devils that walk in the night. A man that trusts in the LORD need not be afraid of men or devils when he knows the LORD will be sure to help him. A fear of evil spirits is natural to mankind, and this appeared very early; possibly it started from the fatal affair of the fall of our first parents, through their dealing with an evil spirit, the serpent (Satan, the devil); and ever since has been engraved on human nature as a dread and hatred for evil spirits (Gen.3). It is only fools who mess around with witchcraft!
Nor for the arrow that flieth by day . . . the arrow that flieth by day is the judgments of GOD, such as the sword, famine and pestilence; these are called the arrows of GOD (Deut.32:23-25) because they move with speed, come suddenly and strike surely. They are sent by the LORD, are ordered and directed by Him, and hit and hurt whomever He pleases, and none else. As a result, those who dwell in the secret place of the LORD, and under His shadow, need not be distressed about the arrows that fly in the day. And they shall know that I am the LORD (found 94 times in the King James Version).
Sword, famine and pestilence = GOD’S wrath: (2 Chron. 20:9; Jer.14:12; 21:9; 24:10; 29:18; Eze.5:12, 17; 6:12; 7:15; 12:16).
*****Great danger is here supposed. The mention of it is more than enough to terrify us, because night and day we are exposed, and those that are more likely to be timid will at no time think themselves safe. When we go to our beds, and have made all as safe as we can around us, there is still terror by night from thieves and robbers, winds and storms, in addition to those things that the wicked ones dream up, which are often most frightful of all. In Song 3:8, we read of fear in the night, there is also a pestilence that walketh in darkness, like that was which killed the first-born of the Egyptians (Ex.12:29), and the army of the Assyrians (2 Ki.19:35). Dear one, there are NO locks nor bars that can shut out any disease if it has been sent by the LORD GOD in His wrath against wickedness!
There is also the arrow that flieth by day (Deut.32:23-25), and flies unseen, and there is a destruction that wasteth at high-noon (Ps.91:6), when we are awake and have our friends with us . . . even then we cannot secure ourselves, nor can they secure us . . . BUT IF we are GOD’S children, redeemed by the Blood of CHRIST, we have the tremendous security promised to us, even in the midst of any danger: Thou shalt not be afraid! GOD by His amazing grace will keep us from any disturbing, distrustful fear in the midst of the greatest dangers. Dear one, fear brings torment to our heart, mind and soul. Faith in JESUS can take that fear away!
Psalm 121:4-8 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (KJV) . . . The Bible clearly warns us NOT to walk in darkness: (Ps.91:6; Ecc.2:14; Isa.50:10; Jn.12:35; 1 Jn.2:11). IF we are wise, we will walk the narrow path of light with JESUS! (Mat.7:13-14).
Psalm 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (KJV)
Nor for the pestilence . . . the pestilence or plague was common in Oriental countries. Some think, and not without reason, that what is symbolically expressed in verse 5, is here explained. Pestilence could rightfully be called the terror by night: the word plague is terrible; and its near approach is more terrible, because when it enters a country or town . . . how does one flee from it?
That walketh in darkness . . . not that pestilence comes mainly in the night, but that it seems to creep along in the darkness; that is, where no one can see it move, or foresee when or whom it may strike. Its schedules are not known, and it bears down on people, like a vicious enemy that suddenly attacks in the night.
Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day . . . as the pestilence (disease), which may be increased, and rage all the more, through the heat of the day; and which destroys great numbers wherever it comes: fourteen thousand and seven hundred in the time of Moses (Num.16:49), seventy thousand were taken in three days by the plague (1 Chron.21:14), caused by David's numbering of the people. Some think this destruction that wasteth at noon day is a pestilential hot wind, common in the eastern countries, which starts to blow early in the morning, and is hottest at noon (Deut.32:24), which suffocates people, burns them, and reduces them to ashes in a short time, which the Arabs call Simoom or Samum, a poison wind.
Others think it may be a destroying storm (Isa.28:2); or a contagious pestilence (Deut.32:24). It could be applied here to anything that sweeps people away, be it storm, wind, war, pestilence or famine.
*****Many pestilences seem to attack in the night, while other disasters come in the day. No matter what they are, or when they come, the TRUE believer dwells in the secret place of the MOST HIGH (Ps.91:1), and can see a thousand fall on his left side and ten thousand on his right (Ps.91:7), without any coming near him. He shall also see the reward of the wicked (Ps.91:8). A TRUE child of GOD will be preserved from the ravages of pestilences, so he has nothing to fear. He is a friend of GOD (Jam.2:23), and is confident of a better life (Jn.3:15-16; 14:2-3; 1 Pet.1:4). In death (2 Cor.5:6-8), and in the future world, there is nothing of which he should be afraid. https://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. (KJV)
A thousand shall fall at thy side . . . although a thousand should fall close to you. This refers to the manner in which the pestilence often moves among people. I do not think that this is to be understood of falling in battle, as some interpret it, but by the pestilence (disease, plague) before spoken of (verse 3).
And ten thousand at thy right hand . . . (Ps.3:6), this seems to show both the great extinction made by the plague where ever it comes, and the special care and wisdom of GOD in preserving His people from it.
But it shall not come nigh thee . . . it must have come very close where GOD’S people were, or it could not have been said that a thousand should fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand. Just as the plague that killed the firstborn in Egypt (Ex.12:29), was very close to the homes of the Israelites, but it did NOT enter into even one of the homes of the Isrealites (Ex.12:26-27); and in David's time, it was near him, but he was not infected with it (2 Sam.24: 1 Chron.21), even though he was the cause of it.
*****GOD’S children shall be kept from common calamities, in a very unique way, by protection from the LORD GOD! When death is rampant, and diseases rage, even if thousands and ten thousands fall by sickness at your side . . . a sight quite enough to terrify you, for if they fall by the disease, their falling so near to you, it could be possible to infect you . . . but it shall NOT come nigh thee . . . death shall not come, and the fear of death shall be removed from you. All those that continue in their faith in times of universal trouble can in confidence trust GOD with their safety in times of general misery. If and when multitudes die around us, we must wake up to the fact that we all shall one day die, yet we must not be afraid or overwhelmed, nor allow ourselves to be subject to the bondage of fear, as so many do, all of their life. JESUS can totally remove the fear of death from you (Heb.2:15). He did it for me, He can do it for you! Before I knew JESUS, I would not even talk about death with my husband when he would want to discuss what I should do if he were to die. I was terrified of death. When JESUS sent His SPIRIT to abide within me (Jn.14:16-17,26; 15:26; Rom.8:9; 2 Cor.5:5; Eph.2:18; 1 Jn. 4:4,13), all fear was gone, because I know when I die, my angels will carry me to Heaven (Lk.16:22). For when I am absent from the body (dead), I will be present with the LORD (2 Cor.5:6-8)! What have I to fear? I will be with my LORD and MASTER!
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)
1John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
Psalm 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (KJV)
Only with thine eyes shall thou behold . . . the flying arrow (verse 5), the walking pestilence and wasting destruction, and the great desolations made by it (verse 6). One thing that GOD’S children can look forward to, is that they will see how GOD punishes sinners (verse 8).
And see the reward of the wicked . . . the reward of the wicked is the wrath of GOD that shall come upon them, which shall be a fair and impartial punishment for their sins. GOD is a gracious, loving, merciful GOD, and does not look upon His verdict with delight and pleasure, but He does NOT rejoice in the misery of the wicked (Ps.52:1-6), but GOD is so Holy and pure that He cannot tolerate sin of any kind, and His divine justice must be displayed (Jn.3:18, 36; 1 Jn.5:10-13; Heb.10:36-31; 12:25).
Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (KJV)
Psalm 52:6-7 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: 7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. (KJV) . . . The judgment of the wicked (unbelievers), shall be eternal and extreme (the lake of fire, Rev. 20:15), and the righteous shall see it.
The result of remaining steadfast in the Secret Place:
(1). The righteous shall NOT be afraid of night terrors (Ps.91:5).
(2). The righteous shall NOT be afraid of day arrows Ps.91:5).
(3). The righteous shall NOT be afraid of pestilences (Ps. 91:6).
(4). The righteous shall NOT be afraid of noonday destructions (Ps.91:6).
(5). The righteous shall NOT be afraid even though a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; for it shall not come nigh thee (Ps.91:7).
(6). The righteous shall see the reward of the wicked (Ps.91:8).
*****The reward of the wicked.
There is a huge difference between the sufferings of the righteous and the sufferings of the wicked. The same common afflictions and trials may come to pass to them both; but to the righteous, the difficulties enlighten and instruct, but to the wicked they correct and discipline. The reward of the wicked (payment, recompense, result) is totally opposite to the wicked ones who deny and reject JESUS. GOD’S rule in this world is for His children to be righteous (good, honest, moral and deep love for GOD). Under this rule, the TRUE children of GOD are protected by Him, while the wicked are punished. The justice of the LORD’S Divine rule is not always clear in this world, but the justice of His Divine rule will one day in the latter day shall be quite clear to all people. The righteous with their eyes shall see the reward of the wicked. There shall come a time where all the seemingly differences of the honest government of our world will be clearly put right (Isa.3:11; 48:22; 57:20-21). ALL wicked people shall be judged according to their works: (Ps.28:4; 62:12; Pro.1:31).
Their Favor with Him (91:9-16)
Whatever happens in life on Earth, nothing shall hurt the TRUE believer; even though trouble and affliction take place, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for his good, although chastening for the present, is not joyous but grievous (Heb.12:11). Those who truly know GOD, will set and keep their love and faith in Him. They by constant prayer call on Him, for His Promise is that He will always be with them (Jn.14:16-18; Heb.13:5), and at the right time He will deliver the TRUE believer out of trouble. The LORD will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on Earth, as long as it shall be good for him. A believer is greatly encouraged each time that he looks to JESUS for comfort and peace (Mat.11:28-30; Jn.14:27). A TRUE believer shall live until he has finished the work he was sent into this world to do, and then He is ready, and anxious, for his life in Heaven. Who is it that would want to live a day longer than GOD has appointed? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with how he lived, but a wicked man is not satisfied, even with long life. At death, the believer's conflict ends; he is done for ever with sin, temptation and trouble, and knows he has eternal life in Heaven (Jn.20:31; 1 Jn.5:10-12), while at death the wicked know that Judgment Day looms ahead, and the verdict is the eternal lake of fire (Jn.3:18, 36; Rev.20:15). https://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
See: Are Our Days Determined? In Special Comments at the end of this Chapter.
Psalm 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; (KJV)
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge. . . the words are directed to the righteous man; which give the reason of his safety . . . because he trusts in the LORD, and totally surrenders himself to His protection, because he considers the LORD is his REFUGE, his place of safety, where nothing could hurt him.
Even the most High, thy habitation . . . (Ps.91:1), the psalmist considers his SECURITY; the awesome MOST HIGH GOD, used by him as his habitation, where he abided, as every righteous person does, comfortably, quietly, safely, pleasantly and continually. He chose to abide with GOD, to dwell with Him, for he has faith in the Promises of the LORD.
*****The nature of those who benefit and comfort from these Promises is the same as those in verse 1. They are the same as make the MOST HIGH GOD their habitation (verse 9), because they are always with GOD, resting in Him, making Him to be both their temple and their strong tower. They dwell in love and so dwell in GOD (1 Jn.4:6-10). Those who dwell in GOD, are completely at home in and with GOD, and make their choice of abiding with Him willingly.
They abide in Him, speak with Him, depend on Him and consider it to be a tremendous privilege to be at home in GOD. They shall be safe in Him and shall be kept in perfect peace (Ps.9:10; Isa.26:3; Jer.17:7-8). The psalmist encourages us to make the LORD our habitation, and to hope for safety and satisfaction in Him. The psalmist encourages us to reach out for the comfort, peace and protection we can find only in the LORD GOD!
Psalm 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
There shall no evil befall thee . . . No evil shall come near the tent (home) of the man whose real and permanent dwelling place is the LORD. There is much beauty and importance in that contrast of the two homes in which a godly man lives . . . his house (tent), as far as his outward life is concerned, is in a temporary home, which tomorrow may be rolled up and moved to another camping place, but as far as his true being (soul) is concerned, in GOD, his permanent dwelling place shall be through all generations.
Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling . . . the word for plague here may mean anything that would express GOD’S displeasure, or that would be sent as a punishment. It is not the same word which is used in verse 6, and translated pestilence; and it does not refer to what would be called the plague (epidemic). The word rendered dwelling here means a tent; and the idea is, that no such mark of displeasure would abide with the righteous, or enter his home. This must be understood as a general Promise, to mean that faith in the LORD GOD would establish an over-all base of security. Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. (KJV)
Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee . . . He will give command to His angels, meaning that the LORD would instruct or appoint them to watch over them. Verses 11-12 was applied to the Saviour by the tempter (devil, Mat.4:6). https://godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch4.html
This proves that the righteous, those who are the friends of GOD (Jn.15:14-15), can rely on His protection, and that JESUS was of GOD and was GOD. The idea is that GOD appoints His angels to protect His people (Ps.34:7; Heb.1:14). Angels are created spirits, made by the LORD, and are at His beck and call. Angels encamp around GOD’S children, and are concerned in the preservation of them; they are committed to their care and charged by Him who is LORD of Heaven and Earth.
To keep thee in all thy ways . . . to preserve thee where so ever thou goest.
*****The key to Psalm 91 is in the following:
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (KJV)
Luke 4:9-12 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (KJV)
Psalm 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV)
They shall bear thee up in their hands . . . they shall bear thee up as if they took hold of you and held you up, when you were about to fall. This indicates the strength and power of angels to watch over and carry the saints in their hands in times of trouble. It reveals their tender care of them, as a parent or nurse have of children. There are times when the people of GOD are found in a helpless condition, and are like babies, and need to be cared for in this way; the angels accept such a job, willingly submitting to the will of GOD. They seem to have a constant view of the saints they guard (2 Ki.6:17; 19:35; Ps.34:7; 91:11; Dan.3:29; 6:22; Mat.2:13; 18:10; Acts 12:5-10; Heb.1:14), and have them always in their sight and hands, thus they bear them up in life, and at death carry their souls to Abraham's bosom (Lk.16:22).
Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone . . . lest they fall into sin, or into any disaster or distress; lest the least hurt or mischief befall them, or the least injury be done them (Pro.3:23-26). One version interprets it of the evil sexual lust, or corruption of nature, which is hard as a stone (Eze.11:19-20; 36:26-28; Zec.7:12). Lest thou dash thy foot . . . lest you should stumble and fall, the angels will protect you so that you may walk safely.
*****It seems that our awesome GOD has given His angels charge (custody, safekeeping) concerning the saints. He Who is the LORD of the angels, also gave them their existence and laws. The angels keep the charge of the LORD their GOD; because this charge they receive from Him. It represents the tremendous care GOD takes of His people, in that His angels shall have custody of them, and are active on their behalf. They shall bear thee up in their hands, means both their abundant ability and their great affection. They are quite able to bear up the saints out of the reach of danger, and they do it with the tenderness and affection a mother or nurse carries a little child about in her arms. They are superior in their job; they keep the feet of the saints, lest they dash them against a stone, lest they stumble and fall into sin and into trouble. The charge to the angels is to keep thee in all thy ways; but dear one . . . if you are foolish and go OUT of that way (the narrow way with JESUS, Mat.7:14), YOU yourself , put yourself OUT of GOD'S protection. BEWARE!!! Dear one, JESUS is GOD!
Psalm 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (KJV)
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder . . . you shall be safe in dangers, it will be as if the rage of the lion is restrained, and he became like a gentle lamb, and as if the poisonous fang of the serpent were taken out. Adder may be applied to any deadly serpent, including the devil. GOD’S TRUE children will not be hurt by any such savage and poisonous creatures; they shall be protected just as the Israelites were when they travelled through the wilderness, where there were many serpents, scorpions and drought (Deut.8:15). BUT we must remember: Numbers 21:5-7 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. (KJV) . . . GOD will tolerate our bellyaching, moaning and waywardness just so long . . . then He will lower the boom. He is a VERY patient GOD, but when He cannot endure any more, His wrath will bring judgment. BEWARE!!!
Christ was among the wild beasts in the wilderness, and yet not touched or hurt by them (Mk.1:13); and the apostle Paul shook off a viper (Acts 28:5). Some understand this to be understood symbolically of Satan, who, for his greed for power and cruelty, is compared to a lion; and, for his craft and subtlety, to a serpent (1 Pet.5:8).
The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample underfoot . . . this also may be understood of the great dragon, the old serpent, called the devil and Satan; whom Christ trampled under his feet (Ps.91:13; Isa.63:3, 6), when He hung on the cross, and spoiled him and his principalities and powers (Col.2:15). The young lion is mentioned as especially fierce and violent (Ps.17:12). And the dragon (Ps.74:13; Isa.27:1), this possibly may mean a sea monster; yet it may be also be applied to a serpent of the largest and most dangerous kind. The idea is, that whosoever trusts in GOD would be safe among the most fearful dangers.
Do you gripe and complain when things go awry?
Did you consider instead, to look to the sky?
Our help cometh from our Creator, the Lord,
Turn unto Him, and your prayer will be heard.
Do you ever find yourself down in the dumps?
Do others around you think you are a grump?
Our help cometh in the Name of the Lord,
Just call on Him, and things won’t be so hard.
Do you feel sorry for yourself, time and again?
He’s always cared for you, from way back when.
God hasn’t promised us an easy path to go,
But He will be with us; a blessing to know!
Do you tell God what you think He should do?
Do you think He’s not smart enough to construe?
He knows better that you ever can or will,
Why don’t you turn to Him, and learn to be still?
We should never question His Almighty will,
Let Him have His way; He will fill the bill!
“He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased,”
All His children He does love, and tries to appease.
His Book states: “Ye shall not tempt the Lord thy God,”
We are not to murmur, says His Holy Word.
So we should not bellyache, gripe or complain.
It could be so much worse, then think of the strain!
All things work together for good, if you love God,
It’s not good that we God tempt, and always prod.
He will only give His very best to you,
Times of stress makes us strong, He is always true.
By: Connie Kramer Nov.28,1995 # 42
(Ps.34:5; 37:7; 40:1; 115:3; 123:3; 135:6; 146:6; Pro.19:3;
Ex.33:14; Deut.6:16; Is.29:24; 43:2,13; 1 Co.1:19;2:6-8; 3:19; 10:9-10;
Ac.7:55; 1 Tim.5:5; Heb.13:5; Ro.1:22; Jam.3:15; Phil.2:14; Jn.6:43)
*****The powers of darkness (Eph.6:12) shall be triumphed over by the TRUE children of GOD! They shall tread upon the lion and adder with no hurt. The devil is called a roaring lion (1 Pet.45:8), the old serpent (Rev.12:9; 20:2), the red dragon (Rev.12:3), so that it is to this Promise the apostle Paul seems to refer (Rom.16:20). The GOD of peace (Rom.15:33; 16:20; 2 Cor.13:11; Phil.4:7, 9; Col.3:15; 1 Thes.5:23; Heb.13:20), shall tread Satan under your feet. Christ has broken the serpent's head (Gen.3:15), spoiled our spiritual enemies (Col.2:15), and through Him we are more than conquerors (Rom.8:37), for CHRIST calls us to victory (1 Cor. 15:54-57). This may be applied to the care of the GOD’S grace and wisdom by which we are preserved from ravenous deadly creatures, for the wild beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee (Job 5:23).
Psalm 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (KJV)
Because he hath set his love upon me . . . because the LORD has loved me; He has united Himself with me; He is my constant Companion (Deut.31:6, 8; Heb.13:5). The Hebrew word expresses the strongest attachment, referring to the fact that GOD is the Object of supreme affectionate devotion on the part of His people. It also suggests that they have such a strong desire for Him, that their hearts go out to Him in deep, heartfelt love.
Therefore will I deliver him . . . from noisome pestilences before mentioned (verse 3), from all afflictions into which he comes, and from all the temptations of the wicked one, so as that he shall not be hurt or destroyed by them. The LORD will deliver His own from trouble and danger. The wicked one, the devil: (Mat.13:38; 1 Jn.2:13-14; 5:18).
I will set him on high . . . on the Rock CHRIST JESUS, that is higher than I (Ps.61:2). CHRIST JESUS is higher than the angels, higher than the heavens, and where He is now, set on high in Heaven, He is in control of all His enemies. By acknowledging Him as your own, and treating Him accordingly, you shall claim your inheritance. John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV)
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV) . . . CHRIST, the ROCK: (Ps.18:46; 27:5; 40:2; 62:2,6; Isa.32:2)
Because he hath known my name . . . if we know CHRIST JESUS, His awesome Being, His Name, His perfections, Who is a GOD gracious and merciful, and IF we truly know Him, love Him, trust Him and exalt Him, GOD the FATHER accepts us as His children (1 Jn.3:10; 5:2).
Psalm 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (KJV)
He shall call upon me . . . GOD is to be appealed to, contacted by prayer, and to be called upon in each and every time of trouble with faith and fervency, in truth, honesty and sincerity of the heart and soul. GOD Himself directs and encourages us to call upon Him, and promises that He will answer, but dear one, He will always answer us . . . BUT because He is SO wise, He will answer at just the right time for you . . . but we must remember that the answer may NOT always be as we desire. There are three ways in which GOD may answer: yes, no and wait a while. He is a GOD Who hears and answers prayer (Ps.50:15).
And I will answer him . . . GOD will honor our petitions, and will grant our requests . . . IF the pleas are in His will! Dear one, there is no greater privilege, no greater Promise more precious than this. My friend, there are MANY people who pray for healing and do not receive it! IF GOD does not heal a person, He has a very good reason! He did NOT heal the apostle Paul (2 Cor.12:7-10). We are NEVER to question our Maker! Word faith people must not think GOD can say "NO"! GOD answers prayer in three ways: (1). Yes. (2). No. (3). Wait a while. We are to pray in GOD'S will! IF it is not GOD'S will . . . believe me, you do NOT want it! Word faith people are too proud to pray in GOD'S will! We must humble ourselves . . . OR one day GOD shall flatten us! (Mat.23:12; Jam.4:6,10; 1 Pet.5:6). https://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_word_faith_not_biblical.htm
I will be with him in trouble . . . the LORD will be with His people in hard and troubling times; He visits them in their afflictions, granting His gracious Presence, supports them so that they are not overwhelmed by it. He bears them up through it, and makes all things work together for their good (Rom.8:28). The LORD will stand by His people (Gal.3:26-29), He will NOT forsake them, ever (Ps.27:10; 94:14; Heb.13:5).
I will deliver him, and honour him . . . again, deliverance is promised, to show us the absolute certainty of it. The LORD’S Promise is that He will honor ALL them that sincerely love and honor Him, and know deep in their heart that they can trust Him. GOD clothes them with the righteousness of his SON (1 Cor.1:30; 5:21), adorning them with the graces of His SPIRIT; thus granting them communion and fellowship with Himself, and by bringing them to His Kingdom and Glory. GOD will recognize us as His friend, because we believe what He says about His SON (1 Jn.5:10-13), and will respect and treat us as such. On Earth, we shall be treated as GOD’S friend; and in the world to come, we shall be exalted to honor among all the redeemed, and become joint heirs with Christ (Rom.8:17; Gal.4:7).
SEVEN REASONS WHY WE SHOULD NOT WORRY
Mathew 6:25 . . . GOD created life in you, and can be trusted with minor details of your life.
Matthew 6:26 . . . Worry about the future hinders your efforts for today.
Matthew 6:27 . . . Worry causes harm, not help.
Matthew 6:28-30 . . . GOD never ignores those who trust and depend on Him.
Matthew 6:31-32 . . . Worry really is doubt; it shows a lack of faith in GOD and His abilities.
Matthew 6:33 . . . There are challenges GOD wants us to pursue in our service to Him, and worry keeps us from doing that.
Matthew 6:34 . . . Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry. We must trust GOD!
OBSTACLES IN OUR PRAYER
Deuteronomy 1:45 . . . Disobedience.
Psalm 66:18 . . . Secret sin.
Isaiah 1:15 . . . Blood-guiltiness.
Micah 3:4 . . . Evil works.
James 4:3 . . . Self-indulgence.
Isaiah 59:1-2 . . . Unconfessed sin.
Ezekiel 14:3 . . . You have an ‘idol’ in your heart.
Proverbs 1:28 . . . Indifference.
Proverbs 21:13 . . . Neglect of mercy.
Proverbs 28:9 . . . Despising the law.
Mark 11:25 An unforgiving spirit.
1 Peter 3:7 . . . Wrong relationships
James 1:5-7 . . . Lack of faith, unstable faith.
John 14:13-14 . . . Not asking in JESUS’ Name.
CONDITIONS OF SUCCESSFUL PRAYER
Contrition or remorse . . . 2 Chronicles 7:14
Whole-heartedness . . . Jeremiah 29:13
Faith . . . Mark 11:24
Righteousness . . . James 5:16
Obedience . . . 1 John 3:22
Ask according to His will . . . 1 John 5:14
Humility . . . Luke 14:11
Fear of GOD’S Word . . . Isaiah 66:2
Submission to GOD . . . James 4:7
Following peace . . . Hebrews 12:14-15
Love . . . 1 John 4:17-21
Sincerity . . . 2 Corinthians 1:12; Titus 2:7
Being merciful . . . Matthew 5:7; Luke 6:36
Asking in JESUS’ Name . . . John 14:13-14
We must have the right frame of mind before go to GOD in prayer. Reading GOD’S Word first is a tremendous benefit.
Always start by praising GOD and His Holy Name.
“Thy kingdom come” is praying for CHRIST’S reign of peace on Earth to come.
When we pray “Thy will be done” we are placing our body and soul in His capable Hands.
“Give us this day our daily bread” means we trust Him to supply our daily needs, not wants.
“Forgive us” and please help us to forgive others.
“Deliver us from evil” help us resist temptation.
“For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever.” In JESUS’ Name I pray. Amen.
*****GREAT PROMISES from GOD
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (KJV) . . . The Promises will be answered as follows: (1). Always. (2). Quickly. (3). Kindly. (4). More abundantly than we ask. (5). Wisely.
GOD will be with us in troubling times. We CANNOT escape trouble in this world. GOD NEVER promises that we will be trouble free! NOT EVEN ONCE! When we are in trouble, far too often we are forsaken by our dearest friends and even family, but GOD is our Constant Companion and Friend Who is near to us when we need Him most. In sickness, persecution, poverty and even death He will be with us (Lk.16:22). And one thing we should always remember about our awesome GOD, He will never give us more that we can bear. 1 Cor.10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (KJV)
God will NOT allow any temptation or trouble to be more than you can stand. Sometimes I wonder, just how strong does the LORD think I am? But, He has seen me through so far, and I know He will never leave or forsake me (Heb.13:5). So I am grateful and thank Him. Any time that you are tempted, the LORD will show you a way out so that you can endure whatever it is. Satan is never allowed to block our way, without the wisdom of GOD making a way through his wall. GOD will always make a breach in the devil’s fortification. Should a TRUE Christian get into difficulty and trouble, we may rest assured that there IS a way out, just as there was a way in. No matter the trial, temptation or trouble, you shall always have the strength that GOD shall give you to bear it. This is a wonderful Promise from the LORD JESUS. Claim it for yourself each and every time you need it. He will NOT let you down, ever! Trust Him!
GOD will deliver us.
(1). Surely. (2). By surprising means. (3). Completely. (4). Eternally.
GOD will honor us.
Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (KJV) . . . It is not wrong to seek honor, but we should always seek FIRST, the kingdom of GOD.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV) . . . While I was still the devil’s child (1 Jn.3:10), I did not realize the power of this verse. But when I finally came to my senses and opened my heart’s door to JESUS (Rev.3:20), it became SO clear! What wisdom! What a Friend we have in JESUS! These words mean nothing to an unbeliever! They are utter foolishness to him. 1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (KJV) Also see: 1 Cor. 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:14. UNLESS we seek FIRST the Kingdom of GOD, and His righteousness; GOD’S blessings and provisions do NOT apply to us. When we do seek first the Kingdom of GOD, and His righteousness; ALL these things (our needs, NOT wants) shall be added unto us.
There must be a right state of our heart before we search for all the things we need for this present life will be added to us. The right sense of every word in this wonderful verse should be carefully weighed. The kingdom of GOD is the main subject of the Sermon on the Mount . . . meaning the Kingdom which the GOD of Heaven shall erect in this fallen world, within which is where all the spiritually recovered shall be. . . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.godcannotlie.org/sermon_on_the_mount_intro.htm
When our Lord says they shall be added, it is implied, that the seekers of the Kingdom and its righteousness shall have their needs supplied. What an awesome GOD we have!
Psalm 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (KJV)
With long life will I satisfy him . . . this indicates: (1) it is natural to desire long life; (2) long life is to be considered as a blessing (Ex.20:12; Pro.3:2,16); (3) that our strength of mind to love and trust the LORD shall lengthen life (37:9,11-12, 29); (4) that a time will come, when a man will be satisfied with living; when he will have no strong desire to live longer; when, under the frailties of advanced years, and under his lonely feelings from the fact that his early friends have died, and under the blissful hope of Heaven, he feels that he has had enough of life here on Earth, and that it is better to depart to another world.
And shew him my salvation . . . in the life to come, after he is satisfied with this life. This Promise extends beyond the grave: 1 Tim. 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (KJV) . . . Love for GOD and trusting Him blesses GOD’S children (Jn.1:12-13. 3:3-8) in this life and forever. When we possess salvation that comes only by JESUS, it is a great thing to GOD’S children to live long; and it is also a great thing to die . . . to go to be forever with the LORD! Eternal life to GOD’S TRUE children: (Jn.3:15-16; 6:58; 14:16; Heb.10:14; 1 Jn.2:17; 5:11-13; 2 Jn.1:2; Rev.22:5).
*****There is great comfort and encouragement to have the heart and prayers of other Christians with and for us. We should greet our loving fellow-Christians, those that love us and trust the LORD JESUS, being devoted to the LORD is a wonderful thing that gives strength to all our other unions. Grace is the chief thing to be wished and pleaded for, with respect to ourselves or others; it summarizes, all good. Prayer expresses our desire, hope and thankfulness for what we know shall come . . . IF we are GOD’S TRUE children (Jn.20:31; 1 Jn.5:10-13).
Fifteen Conditions of the Blessings of Psalms 91
(1). Dwell in the secret place of the Most High . . . under His shadow (Ps.91:1).
(2). Maintain that GOD is your refuge (Ps.91:2).
(3). Maintain that GOD is your fortress.
(4). Maintain that GOD is your GOD.
(5). Maintain that GOD is Whom you trust (Ps.91:2,4).
(6). Be confident that GOD shall deliver from every snare and pestilence (Ps.91:3).
(7). Be confident of GOD’S protection (Ps.91:4).
(8). Wisdom makes GOD your Truth, your Shield and your Buckler.
(9). Be not afraid of any terrors, dangers, pestilences, or destructions (Ps.91:5-6).
(10). Be confident that that the plagues slaying thousands all around you will not come near you (Ps.91:7-8).
(11). Wisdom makes GOD your Refuge (Ps.91:9).
(12). Wisdom makes GOD your habitation.
(13). Wisdom sets your love upon GOD (Ps.91:14).
(14). Wisdom knows the Name (authority) of GOD.
(15). Wisdom calls upon GOD in prayer (Ps.91:15).
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (KJV) . . . Do any of us reverence (fear) the LORD as we should?
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. (KJV) . . . Do any of us, humble ourselves as we reverence the MOST HIGH LORD?
Tremendous Promises to BELIEVERS in Psalm 91
(1). You shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps.91:1).
(2). He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler (Ps.91:3).
(3). He shall deliver you from the noisome pestilence.
(4). He shall cover you with His feathers (Ps.91:4).
(5). His Truth shall be your shield and buckler.
(6). You shall not be afraid of the terror by night (Ps.91:5).
(7). You shall not be afraid of the arrow that flieth by day.
(8). You shall not be afraid of the pestilence that walks in darkness (Ps.91:6).
(9). You shall not be afraid of that which destroys at noonday.
(10). If 1,000 fall at your left and 10,000 at your right, it shall not come near you (Ps.91;7).
(11). With your eyes you will see the reward of the wicked (Ps.91:8).
(12). There shall no evil befall you (Ps.91:10).
(13). There shall no plague come near your dwelling.
(14). The LORD GOD shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways (Ps.91:11).
(15). They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone (Ps.91:12).
(16). You shall tread upon the lion, adder, young lion, and dragon (Ps.91:13).
(17). The LORD GOD will deliver him (Ps.91:14-15).
(18). The LORD GOD will set him on high.
(19). The LORD GOD will answer him (Ps.91:15).
(20). The LORD GOD will be with him in trouble.
(21). The LORD GOD will honor him.
(22). The LORD GOD will satisfy him with long life (Ps. 91:16).
(23). The LORD GOD will show him His salvation.
Many are the Promises of GOD. They cover every known need of life, both here and the hereafter, and reveal to what extent GOD has made provision to help man in his struggle to overcome sin, sickness and Satan, and regain the full power that he lost in Adam when he fell. The main reason of GOD in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall and purge him of all possibility of failing in the future.
Are Our Days Determined?
The Bible seems to say yes; and they have been numbered even before we were born.
Job 14:1-6 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. 3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. 5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day. (KJV) . . . His days are determined . . . our days are decided, predestined by GOD, long before we are born. We cannot go one day (not even one hour) beyond the day GOD has appointed for us to live.
Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (KJV) . . . Not only are the days of our life decided, but even the hairs of your head are all numbered (Mat.10:30).
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Heb.9:27), GOD gives us all a choice . . . we either believe in CHRIST and have eternal life (John 3:16) . . . or reject CHRIST and have His wrath abide on us for all time (John 3:36; 2 Thes.1:8-9; Rev.20:15). The choice is in OUR hands! (Deut.30:15-20). What choice have YOU made?
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