Dwelling In The Secret Place...Psalm 91:3
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"Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence."
For the first two studies, we have noticed that in each verse the predominant thought and surety from the Lord is safety and security. We can dwell (which means 'live') in the shadow of the Almighty God and a declaration that He is a fortress, a refuge, and a personal Lord. Everything about the first two verses suggests or states that David has a relationship with the Father. One of the things that is very clear throughout the bible is that if God gives it to one, then He will give it to others because He is not a respecter of persons. It is then not surprising that He would continue these things in the third verse.
"Surely he shall deliver thee"
The word 'surely' is not a wishful thought as it would seem to be in our current language. Someone might say 'surely he will do what he is supposed to" in the hopes that the person would honor his promise. The original Hebrew says something different about Jehovah. It means 'with a certainty', guaranteed, promised and delivered. In other words, there is absolutely no doubt that He will do what He has promised to do, in this case 'surely he shall deliver thee'. The word 'shall' also gives this certainty. Again, in today's language, shall might mean 'it's a possibility but not for sure'. In the verse, it means a rock solid promise that He will do what He says. And if you have made this Psalm a personal prayer then you also know that 'thee' means you! Think about this for a moment. Put your thoughts on the first three verses of the Psalm. The guarantees are awesome, aren't they? Now place yourself into the Psalm. Make it personal to you. "Surely he shall deliver ME (and my family)"Let that roll around in your mind for a few moments. Begin to see what the Lord has for you here.
"from the snare of the fowler"
Most of us know that a snare is a trap set up for us to fall into, to catch, hold, and keep us from being on the path. Just imagine that you are walking in the woods on a beautiful day. Everything is going well. Suddenly, you are caught by a snare that a trapper has set. Struggling to get out, there's no way to release the contraption.Now the day doesn't seem so bright anymore. You have an emergency situation. If there had been a warning or a sign, that would have helped. Our Father gives us that sureness of knowing that if we walk with Him, He will deliver us from that snare. He would show us where it is and how to avoid it. As for the fowler, he is the trapper, the entangler. He tries to get us so caught that we can't get out, no matter how we struggle. But the Lord is the way out. He offers us protection, even when we are silly enough to get ourselves trapped in the first place. What a blessing!
"and from the noisome pestilence."
When I read this part years ago, the first thing that came to mind was some annoying, naggy type person who will not be quiet when the one thing you need is silence. That would be an extremely 'noisome pestilence'. The Strong's Concordance is more graphic. The word 'pestilence' means a destroying plague. That goes beyond an annoyance. This is life threatening! Do not forget that when the Lord speaks, it's about spiritual things first so this is a threat to your spiritual life and is obviously loud, naggy, pushy. That description fits the devil and he is definitely the destroyer. Again, let's stop and think about this for a minute. God is giving us safety, security, shelter, and comfort. He is a fortress for us, not just in time of need but all of the time. He guarantees us that He will deliver us from the traps of the trapper and from the noisy threat to our spiritual lives. This is PERSONAL! He is doing that for me, for you! What a comfort that is, especially in a time of need or stress.
Come out from the world today. Join the Lord God in that wonderful place where He dwells and wants you to dwell in also. Warning. No one get the idea that He is talking about taking your life to get to this place. NO WAY! He is talking about you coming to Him spiritually and dwelling in Him spiritually. This is a place one can go to be more alive, where one can cope with the things that are hard to deal with!! It is not a way out of life but a more sure way to enjoy the Lord and the life He gave you. Get into His safe harbor and allow Him to protect you and your family in these times of increasing danger. The Lord has given us His promises of something wonderful if we do this:
John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Philippians 4:6-7, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
In each verse, the Lord talks about one very precious word, something quite rare these days in this world, PEACE. You need not be afraid of things nor allow your heart to be troubled by circumstances. The Father gives you HIS peace. Jesus leaves you with HIS peace. One more time, let's stop and think about this for a moment. What would peace mean to you? What is that 'noisome pestilence' in your life? Come to the secret place.
But how do I get there? The verse in Philippians tells us. Prayer. Talk to the Father like He is your best friend. When I was out on the road 24/7, I really had no time to sit and pray with my eyes shut, talking in a 'thee' and 'thou'. The job required my attention and my eyes almost all the time. One day, it occurred to me that I could talk to the Lord (gasp) with my eyes open as I drove down the road! Not only that but He didn't see a need to hear me talk in Elizabethan English either. Isn't it funny how we tend to make things harder than they need to be? If the Lord is my Friend, then I should be able to converse with Him like I do a friend. I tried that. IT WORKED!! Did you know that God talks to you in straight conversation, no matter what language you use? What an eyeopener that was. So the answer then is to go to the Lord in prayer and He will lift you into that special place.
Come dwell in the secret place of the Most High in the shadow of the Almighty today. He is waiting for you.
If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior or if you have prayed that prayer but are not where you should be, please take the time now to talk to the Father.
Father, I have sinned and done things so wrong that I did not believe that You would forgive me. However, I am coming to You now asking that You forgive all my sins. Please cleanse me of all those things I did. Jesus, come into my heart and live with me forever. Guide me in the path I must take. Send Your Holy Spirit to me to fill me to overflowing. Thank You, Lord. I am now born again and a new creation in Christ Jesus!!!! Amen.
If you have been studying with us, you probably have your bible handy. Read some of it every day. If you do not have a bible, please find one. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind each time you read God's Word. Get involved with the Lord. He loves that! If you are not currently attending church and are not involved with born again believers, find a good church home where the bible is preached. And, as always, do not take the word of any preacher or teacher without checking each thing in the bible for yourself and asking God.
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