Dwelling In The Secret Place...V.5
Thou Shalt Not Be Afraid
Psalms 91:5, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;"
With each verse, a picture is being assembled to show us safety, security and peace. Upon each layer, much like a mason piling brick upon brick, God is building a foundation of strength for us. Why is He doing this? For one thing, it shows God's Character. We actually have a picture of God in our minds now. This Psalm gives us a glimpse of what God is willing to do for us. The first four verses show very clearly that He and He alone is our safety net. Trouble can come calling but when the door opens, trouble sees nothing but God's Face, as long as we abide in the shadow of the Almighty, in that secret place.
Verse 5 tells us why we need all this protection. "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;". Clearly, we can stop being afraid of the bumps in the night. Have you ever been in the house by yourself at night when some strange noise grips you? Unsure of what it may be, you might go looking for it. But you are extremely cautious. Or you may want to stay put because there could be danger in leaving the safety of where you are now. Fear might grab hold. You can even hear your heart beating so fast that you are not certain if it will ever slow down again. There could be very real danger or it might just be the family cat knocking down a box off the shelf. One thing that I only recently noticed about this verse. It's a command of the Lord. THOU SHALT NOT BE AFRAID! That's pretty clear. But He gives us that assurance that we do not have to be afraid either. He has a way to escape it.
We are told in this verse that we are not to be afraid of the terrors of the night. How are we able to squelch the fears? God has assured us that we have that secret place to run to, hiding in the shelter of His awesome Wings. Because we have that safety, we can cast off the fears that the enemy is inflicting on us. Fear comes when the enemy whispers in the ear that there is a danger, real or imagined. If we are born again children of God, He has told us that we are not given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). The Father already gave us the power of God! What more do we need? He gives us love. This is the love of our Father! In I John 4:8 it reads that God IS love. Then He also gives us a sound mind. The translation of that is that we are given the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). What does that mean? First, the word "Christ" is Greek. It was never translated. It means "the Anointed One and His anointing." When we find out that anointing means to pour on, press in, rub on, then understanding of "mind of Christ" comes. Then, when God says that we have the mind of Christ, it means that we have the mind of the Anointing, which is poured on, rubbed in, pressed in. Obviously, this becomes internal. Since these are spiritual terms, the anointing flows through us, giving us the power, the love and the sound mind of God Himself. Knowing all that, how could we possibly be afraid at night?
The second portion of the verse reads " nor for the arrow that flieth by day;". If you have been following along through the first four verses with me, then you already know that those arrows are of no effect. Why? Because we have God's shield and buckler to protect us one more time! Isn't this amazing? (If you have not already read verse four, go ahead and check it out!) "But what kind of arrows could fly at me?" "The bills that came in the mail today are bigger than I expected. Where am I going to get the money?" " The boss is on my back for all this work. I've worked more hours than anyone else but he keeps at me. How can I get some relief?" "My baby cries all night. I am so sleepy that I can hardly stay awake. There is no one to help." "Our car is wrecked and there is no insurance to replace it. What am I going to do?" Those arrows are full of pain, frustration, and worry. Wouldn't you like to be protected from all of that? You can. God has promised us that we can go straight to Him, enter the secret place, cuddle under His Wings, and be in the Peace of the Almighty.
Run to God right now! He is waiting for you to ask. His shelter is bigger and safer than any other could possibly be. If you have not yet asked Jesus into your heart, please consider this. He is waiting for you. Ask Him to forgive your sins. He WILL! Then He will come and live with you. Psalm 91 then becomes the protection that God provides for you, the born again child of the Most High God.