Psalm 91 Part 3
This next section of the Psalm gives the detail of the protection of the Lord to all who have chosen to live close to Him. Verse 9 says “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation!” This verse defines our relationship with the Lord it is not something that we do occasionally, there is no such thing as a part-time Christian, sadly many people who attend church have believed the lie of Satan that it is alright to attend church when it is convenient. I am constantly reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a which says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ (Born again), he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of Good”. I am saddened by the number of people who never became a new creation and never experienced “Now all things are of God”. As I look back over my lifetime I am humbled by the greatness of my God that I have experienced continually. You cannot say too much about the Lord when you have made Him your habitation. There is so much comfort and satisfaction when you live that way, these last 8 years of living without my wife are a good example of this – over this time I have experienced s much from the Lord. He has become so precious to me and everyone who has made the same choice experiences the same. Verse 10 says “No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague shall come to your dwelling”. We need to remember that when Israel sinned against God He sent a plague to punish them, however, we must be very certain that God does not punish us for our sins because He has already punished His Son Jesus on the cross for our sins. Verses 11-12 are very interesting for they say “For He shall give His angels charge of you to keep you in all your ways, they shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your feet against a stone”. These are the words that Satan quoted to Jesus when he was tempting Him to use the scripture for His benefit. This verse is very conditional and Satan misused the scripture and this shows us how easy it is to try and use scripture in a way it was not intended to be used. This scripture only applies to those who have made the Lord their habitation to those people who are living with Jesus. Over the years I have seen people quoting scriptures out of context and are disappointed when what they are declaring does not come to pass and then they blame God and not themselves. There is great danger when we are not wholly following the Lord, we then find other things more important than God and His ways. This psalm from verse one clearly defines the attitude we must have towards God to receive the benefits of being close to Him. It is a wake-u call for us to assess our relationship with the Lord. It is also important to understand there is no substitute for being wholehearted in our relationship with the Lord because there are so many benefits when we do!