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July 22, 2015

THE LORD IS WITH US

by Leslie John

“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling”. (Psalms 91:9-10)

The Psalmist exhibits his utmost confidence and faith in the Lord, who has been his refuge and fortress. After testifying about the Lord in whom he could trust he proclaims that whoever is close to him spiritually and lives in His secret places will abide under his shadow, and He cares for him.

In saying that God will deliver from the snare of the fowler, he meant that God will deliver believer from tricky situations and conspiracies of the people around. The believer is sure to affirm that God will cover him with His feathers and he will rest under His wings. The truth of the Lord will be a shield and a buckler to the believer.

The presence of God will be with the believer and it will be so close and great that he will not fear the terror of the night, nor for the pestilence by night. Verses 13-16 of Psalm 91 should not be taken in absolute sense. The tempter used these verses to tempt Jesus when he fasted and tired. The tempter quoted two verses from this Chapter.

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways; they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone”. (Psalms 91:11-12)

Then, Jesus answered and said Jesus said unto him; it is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:7) Jesus quoted a verse from Deuteronomy 6:16

The pestilences that troubled the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery did not come near the latter. The children of Israel were comfortable and safe under the mighty protection of God.

It is all because the believer trusted in the Lord and he sought protection and refuge from the Lord. He trusted in the mighty wings of the Lord. Because the believer calls upon the Lord and sets his love toward God, He will deliver him from all pestilences and troubles.

Not only that he delivers the believer from these troubles, but God will also honor those who honor Him and will bless the believer with long life with satisfaction.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (Psalms 91:15).

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