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(Part 44)


July 4, 2011
Today’s reading: Psalm 91:1-15

We are now 30 years old and have started on our 31st year. God has offered us the fullness of His strength, and we in turn “have made the Most High (our) stronghold.” (Ps 91:9b). We have the strength to do the very divine work of God, and God affords us security and protection as we do the work.

As doing the work of God gets us deep into spiritual warfare, against the powerful forces of the enemy, as we suffer affliction and pain and even death, we need to be constantly reminded that we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High, (that we) abide in the shadow on the Almighty.” (Ps 91:1). We are under God’s care and protection! As such, we simply look to the “God in whom (we) trust” and “say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and fortress” (Ps 91:2). We take refuge in a fortress!

Though the enemy intends to trap us and destroy us, “God will rescue (us) from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague” (Ps 91:3). Though the enemy hurls its diabolical slings and arrows against us, God “will shelter (us) with pinions, spread wings that (we) may take refuge; God’s faithfulness is a protecting shield.” (Ps 91:4). As such, we need never “fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day” (Ps 91:5). Even though thousands fall all around us, we are protected (Ps 91:7).

Not only that, God fights for us. It is His work after all. We are just instruments. It is God who wields the instruments. And it is God who is the stronger being who can defeat the strong enemy. If we allow God to use us as His instruments, then we “need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked (we) will see.” (Ps 91:8).

We are God’s soldiers. As such, God not only provides us our weapons and armor, but He also provides us guardian angels. These powerful beings are right there in the thick of battle with us. “For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.” (Ps 91:11).

With God and our guardian angels, then we can overcome the works of the enemy. God has already won over the ancient serpent, the dragon, and we are doing the mopping up operations. We share in God’s victory. “You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon.” (Ps 91:13).

With God as our stronghold, we are promised that we can always call on Him for deliverance from our distress. “All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor.” (Ps 91:15). Imagine being able to call, not only upon covering fire or back-up forces, but upon the great Creator-God Himself!

To effectively call upon God and experience deliverance, we need to have our personal relationship with Him. This way we cut through the bureaucratic red tape and go direct to the Commander-in-Chief. We acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior. We turn our whole lives over to Him. We live out our covenant. We stick to God like glue! “Whoever clings to me I will deliver; whoever knows my name I will set on high.” (Ps 91:14).

When this is the case, then whatever else happens in our lives will be in accordance with God’s will. We are assured that “no evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent.” (Ps 91:10). Though we know that we will experience harm and scourges and disasters and afflictions in life, God will always turn these evils around so that they become blessings to us. Suffering becomes redemptive. Being humbled is a prelude to being exalted. Being emptied prepares us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Embracing the cross makes us true disciples of Jesus. All things then work for our good.

“My God is now my strength!” (Is 49:5). My God is now my stronghold!

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