A New Perspective - Psalm 91
Psalm 91 is a classic chapter for many new and old Christians'. If you are wondering how there could possibly be a new perspective to this very well known chapter, well, God has a way of doing things, and on January 5th of this year, God had me in the Word for almost 24 straight hours. When I finally completed the study, the writing, and reviewing everything, I realized this was a new perspective for me - a more in-depth perspective. Feel free to send me a message regarding your thoughts. Peace!
Psalm 91 is about protection, faith, trust, courage, perseverance, and righteousness. And I will go further to say, that, I bet there is more to that chapter than the aforementioned. Trust is the topic and it starts in verse 1 and continues to verse 16. From the very start of Psalm 91 God speaks of trust, so let's start this journey together, shall we? The version of Bible I use is the King James. And yes, I am aware that many disagree with his version, but that's okay, feel free to verify my writing via a Concordance and your version.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Judges 9:15 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
In Judges, this verse is speaking of Judges 9:1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying....(many bad things) And by his bad saying and doings God rendered justice. But notice carefully how Abimelech stated to the trees to "trust in my shadow" not Gods' shadow but his. Placing himself above God. We have seen this before as Christian's when people raise themself up and God lets them get away with that behavior (always leaving room for repentance) for a time.
Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
God finishes the up with a clear explanation stating that He is our refuge and fortress. Have you ever thought about a fortress? A fortress is a large and permanent fortification sometimes including a town. That's huge! And we are so small!
Psalm 91:3 & 4 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Ruth 2:12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
In Ruth the verse mirrors Psalm 91:3 & 4. Giving an elaborate promise! A "FULL REWARD" will be given when we trust God! Well, I have a question, when the Word states Full reward, are there partial rewards and I am not receiving my full reward? (there's so much to the Word!)
Psalm 91:5 & 6 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.
2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou saved me from violence.
In any form of threat God will protect you, deliver you, save you and keep you safe. Guaranteed! God doesn't mind repeating himself if you don't fully comprehend what is being said. God doesn't mind 1000 questions. God doesn't mind you wanting more input so you can make a better output or decision. He will follow-through with His Word and no one can alter it either.
Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
So when you're walking through hell, are you propping up tents to hangout for a while or are you following the Word and simply passing through (Psalm 23)? In 2 Samuel 22:31 God is clearly saying, I get it, the issues are tough, hard, tragic and even breathe stealing, BUT Trust Me, I Got this and I Got You!
Psalm 91: 8, 9 & 10 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
2 Kings 18:20, 21, 22 & 30 Thou said, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom does thou trust, that thou rebelled against me? 21 Now, behold, thou trusted upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the Lord our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem? 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
No matter what is happening around you, if God is for you then nothing will harm you. Trust Trust Trust - GOD!
Psalm 91: 11 & 12 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.
1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.
I cannot express it more clearer than the Word itself, TRUST GOD! Every verse is leading you to every aspect of understanding, regarding Trust. In every format possible, it is shown clearly in the Word of how much or if at all that we should and are to Trust God!
Psalm 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
2 Chronicles 32:10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
This chapter in 2 Chronicles is so explicit that God even asks, "whereon do you trust?" This verse needs the full chapter for a clear understanding, but it is this verse alone that God placed on my heart with this study.
Psalm 91:14 & 15 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. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
Job 4:18 / 8:14 / 13:15 / 15:15 / 15:31 / 35:14 / 39:11 (Please read the provided mirror verses)
These particular two verse (14 & 15) had much to do for this study and most mirrored verses came from Job, and that is no surprise to me. Job trusted God with his whole heart, even unto the brink of death, and God gave Job a Full Reward for putting his trust in God.
Psalm 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
This mirror verse is amazing, one I discovered about 15 years ago. I send kisses to Jesus everyday! Jesus is faithful to send his to me and I am grateful. In all the trials I have endured and overcome, Jesus never left me and Jesus showed me every way out too!
In conclusion, trusting God in everything is key, even when we don't understand. Proverbs 3:5 & 6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. May the Lord direct your paths, and may you learn to trust in the Lord with all your heart!
Stay Blessed Not Stressed! His Peace & His Love Always! - DeAnna XoXo