Psalm 91 is one of the most well known Psalm of them all. It’s one of the great; although I must admit not my overall favorite even though it offers so much. Something to consider in reading this wonderful Psalm are the conditions for protection that come with it. In essence there are three Psalm 91 conditions for protection that we must examine.
To begin first though let’s refresh with the beautiful Psalm.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
So what are the conditions? Do you see them by chance? Do you see what occurs in verse 9? There is a condition outlined. Well; in order to meet the conditions of protection you must:
1- You must be close enough to the Lord to even be in His shadow.Quite plainly how can He protect you if you aren’t near? Verses 1 explains this clearly. If you choose to be far then there will be no shadow of protection for you. Ask yourself this: how much in His shadow am I right now? Would I meet the qualifications for His protection?
2- You must trust Him. How can God protect you if you don’t trust Him? If you don’t trust Him is there really a relationship at all? It is because of your trust in Him that He is able to be God and deliver. In verse 2 trust is identified. Verses 3 and 4 share what He will do when you place your trust in Him. God requires your trust because He is faithful and verse seven outlines what He will do for you. Through your trust in Him you will be kept safe it reminds us in verse ten. Remember that God can’t be your back-up plan. He must be your only plan! When you choose to trust Him you will never live the same way again.
3- You have to love God. A condition of receiving from God is loving Him so it tells in verses 14-16. It’s ‘because’ you love Him that He will rescue you. Through your obedience you will be answered, not alone, delivered and honored’ and given long life.
This Psalm gives us all steps to moving along through life in the best way possible. Stay near to Him, trust Him and love Him. Isn’t really that what we all want and need anyway? Isn’t it in reality what all parents want from their children? Psalm 91 gives us the conditions and even the command to not fear which should additionally bring solace that He has everything covered; we just have to align ourselves to being in the position to receive.
Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”
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Julie Blair is President of Julie Blair Ministries that helps people mature in Christ. To learn more about going deeper in Christ or to have Julie speak to your church or business visit www.julieblair.com
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