“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!”
Psalms 91:9-13 NLT
The key point here is ‘If you make’, the decision to ha e God as our protector, Defence, strength, is ours to make. We have to choose Him above all, we have to continue to choose Him.
When we choose God, not only does God protect us, but he gives us the power to destroy the forces that come against us. Tread on the lion and the cobra. Trample on the great lion and the serpent. Tread and trample are action words—now we are taking the fight to our enemies. (Remember, our enemies are spiritual forces, not the people we see who may be persecuting us.) Because God is with us and his angels are protecting us, even the “gates of hell” will not prevail against us. The size of our enemy doesn’t matter, because our victory comes through the power and authority of the Most High God.
We win because He is, not because we are!
“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.”
Psalms 91:5-8 NLT
God will protect us and deliver us from every attack. His deliverance may mean that we still face trials, but Jesus said: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matt. 10:28). When God protects us—his children—we know that we are safe. Even if we suffer persecution and physical death, nothing can snatch us out of God’s powerful and loving hands.
When enemies directly attack us we can remain at peace, knowing that God himself is our shield and our fortress. Remember that we don’t have to act—you will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.” God will act on your behalf. God will defend his children. “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will accomplish for you today. (Exodus 14:13). We just need to declare His victory! His supremacy!
Open your eyes and see God at work! He has never and will never fail! Victory is assured
“For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Psalms 91:3-4 NLT
The first thing that comes to mind is that God protects! He knows where the traps are, He knows what brings about diseases and He is willing and able to protect His own from them all without fail. God’s protection is pictured like a mother bird sheltering its baby. The baby is covered by her wing, feels her feathers, hears her heartbeat. Who can be afraid? When we have placed ourselves under God’s protection we have the same feeling of peace as this baby bird. He shelters us and we feel his presence. What can harm us? We must all place ourselves and our situation into God’s hands and trust in His ability to keep us safe. He will replace our fears with his perfect love. And then the peace of God, which surpasses our human understanding, will keep your heart and your mind through faith in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).
RUN TO GOD TODAY!
My husband loves tennis and is an ardent Nadal fan, he watches every match Nadal plays like a hundred times over (except the ones Nadal lost 😉) I often wonder how he enjoys it so much watching the same match over and over even though he already knows how it ends. One day while grudgingly watching one of such matches with him, I had an ‘AHA’ moment. I realized that right from the beginning, I knew the outcome of the match, I had seen the result on the news previously, Nadal won! Knowing Nadal already won the match changed the entire experience of watching the match.
As I watched the match unfold, there were times Nadal was losing. I started thinking to myself, Oh, no! He is falling behind! He won’t be able to come back. This isn’t going to end well.
Then I would come to my senses and realize, Wait! The end is already decided. Victory is certain. He already won!
When his opposition would score, it wasn’t pleasant to watch, but I could smile because I knew the final outcome.
Then it hit me, you and I are living lives full of ups and downs. There are days that seem like a victory, and other days we feel defeated. On the hard days it’s easy to look around and become discouraged. It’s easy to feel like things are never going to work out.
I want you to be reassured with the truth of God’s eternal promises. The end of the story is already written, and we win! The match is fixed in our favour! We can’t lose! No matter how it looks at the moment, no matter how we feel right now, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS! WE WIN!