Diggin’ In – Psalms 91: stand victorious!

Posted: April 5, 2013 in Diggin' In to Psalms 91

digging dog2Diggin’ In – Psalms 91: stand victorious! 

 7Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

8Just open your eyes and see how the wicked are punished.

9If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,

10no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.

11For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

12They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

13You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

I believe these verses are so applicable to what’s happening in our world today. We look around us and we see war, sickness, famine, financial crisis, struggles in families, relationship issues, addictions… the list goes on. What are we to do with all that? We can’t escape it unless we want to do live in a cave the rest of our lives; so, we are left with carrying the weight of our ‘world’, trying to keep it from overwhelming us and crushing us.

David is clearly making a profound statement here in regards to what distinctly separates those who are ‘crushed’ by the world around us and those who can stand in the middle of the battle, but stand victoriously.

Starting in verse 7, we can get a mental picture of the challenges going on around us and the masses of people, even those close to us, not making it… thousands, even ten thousands falling at our side! It’s a sad scenario. But, he continues by stating ‘these evils will not touch you.’ How does that happen if I’m so close?

The answer lies in verse 8 and 9. There is a distinct contrast here between two different types of people.

Verse 8 describes those who won’t make God their refuge, armor, protection and strength; and as a result, they are defeated by the enemy who overwhelms them… like being naked out on the battlefield.

Verse 9 however, describes those who stand victorious. The battle still rages on around them. They can still get dirty, sweaty, bloody and exhausted, but the evils – the enemy cannot take them out because they have made the Lord their refuge and the Most High their shelter. It is when we place ourselves under God’s refuge and shelter that He defends us. Look at verses 11-13. Basically, it’s all God. God orders His angels to protect. God orders His angels to hold us up. And, if that’s not enough, God gives us the ability to defeat those things around us that can cause us harm. It’s all God.

We all have ‘stuff’ in our lives. Because we live in the world we do, no one is exempt from the enemy’s attacks. It’s not a matter of if, but rather when. But we have the choice whether we will stand victorious or fall with the many. The difference is God Himself through Christ. There is no other way. The battles are too great and the enemy too fierce to think we can handle them on our own. We must be narrow pathwise to the enemy’s ways, discerning to the truth and focused on taking our right position under God’s protection… His faithful promises in His Word. The path to victory is not wide and varied, but rather narrow and specific. That is why many don’t find it and fall.

And often, in the midst of the battle, there is confusion and disarray. We can’t be swayed by others into thinking that God has lost control of our world or that there is a better way to ‘win’. There are not many battles, fights or even games where both sides win. Know you are on the winning side and stay there. Let’s be like the men of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, who ‘understood both the times and (their) duties.’ Stand Victorious!

Jesus, You alone hold the power that makes me victorious in the midst of my battles. May You alone be all that I need. Amen.

Other scripture references:

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.’ Matthew 7:14

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God…  1 Corinthians 3:19

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