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DAILY PURSUIT OF CHRIST-PSALM 91:5-7

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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.

 

Remember as we step into today’s scripture that each passage is contingent upon the previous. While they are independently true, they build on one another.
 

Verse Five

You will not fear the terror of night,

The beginning of verse five reminds me of Psalm 23:1.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters,

He ‘makes us”... Isn’t that true for the Christ follower? He made us new and is making us, constantly His Lordship is creating room for the Kingdom in us. His leadership causes a result that is undeniable and unavoidable. John 14:15 Commands in this imperative, that If we love him we will obey, stand fast, stay next to Him, and keep watch over what he is doing in our hearts as he fulfills or commands what he has prescribed for us. So this is my paraphrase based on ideas described in the original language. I grab on to this because of the power of the command, the “making” in us that God is doing when we live under His covering. So when verse five says, ’of us who dwell under his shelter “You will not,” this posture of resolve exists as a result of surrendering to His shelter and instruction of His shadow, His fulfilling of what He has prescribed for us in Christ.

“Fear” has its traditional meaning but it is coupled with the idea of reverence...suggesting fearing from the belief that what we are facing is above us...But that is thinking that was in us before surrendering to Christ. Thinking that we must daily contend with by taking captive and casting down every thought and imagination into His Lordship (2 Corinthians 10:5)....Scripture declares I Corinthian 5:17 that if we live in Christ we are new creations. His covering and our abiding or living in that covering is transformative.

...terror of night

Our thoughts often turn towards worst case scenarios. Especially these days. At night, in the quiet, our imaginations, the thing or things we dread start knocking on the door of our speculative thinking. It is like waking up every morning to see that the enemy has encroached on our lives just a bit more. We again, in our flesh, in our own humanity are powerless to make it disappear. Sometimes God’s deliverance is through our development. Sometimes it is through the process of resting in Him, hiding in His shadow. I cannot change this. speculation only distracts; so I will press into you God, to what and where You are moving and let that move me. To be clear, this is a move distinctively away from terror. We can identify the enemy’s intent but it doesn't mean we have to let his intent control us.

nor the arrow that flies by day,

If you keep on breathing long enough you encounter issues in life that peirce and wound us in ways that others do not see. We carry around hurt but wear a smile. We avoid, people and places because we hate the pain that happens there. Or maybe we don’t get to avoid it and the hurt just keeps adding up. We cannot remove these barbs, these “fiery darts,” these “arrows'' on our own. We need a surgeon. In Christ we find our great physician. He is our healing cleansing flow. His work on the cross is also efficacious for our healing. When we are hurt in our physical body we see a doctor whose job it is to heal us. Why should the inner workings of our lives be any different? So again, in His shelter and shadow, beneath the shield of Christ, He is making us unafraid even of the unseen injuries. When I am hurting I walk closer to the healer because He heals me.

Verse Six

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Plague/pestilence that advances, and moves forward invisible to the naked eye demands that we pay attention to it...but we our response would be to lean in to the wisdom of God not fear that cause us to be reactive to a charged environment instead of dealing with the issue that lies at its heart. Here the plague/pestilence is one that cuts off and alienates. This is why our anchoring in this life must be firmly placed in the power of God’s eternal kingdom. The adversity of life and added attacks of Satan against us are no match for the Almighty God in whom we live and breathe and have our being. No matter what is against us we do not need to fear. When fear presents itself to us, we need to have faith and turn towards what God has and is making in us.

Verse Seven

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

God is declaring to us that we may see death all around is but He has us. It may cause dead things in our past or literal and/or metaphorical plagues in our present, but when we are in Him and He is in us...He is making in us, commanding in us, fulfilling in us what He prescribed for those who have put their trust in Him. Any initial reactions our flesh may have is normal, this is when we contend. We stand on the word and declare the Truth of God until we sense the shift from fleshly rationale to affirmation of Godly action. “Near” refers to something entering into us, possessing, controlling, getting on the inside of us. Just because the enemy comes against us doesn’t mean that He gets to boss us around. We need to recognize that even in Christ when our flesh is pressed it groans...But the difference is that now it groans for a transformational moment when the burdens of this life can pass on to the realization of our eternal hope.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 -ESV
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1

Corinthians 5:1-10 -NIV
1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Let’s pray the scriptures and mean every word!

Psalm 91:5-7 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, t
en thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

Father, we confess that pressure to fear is great, but I declare that you are greater. You are The Almighty God and I take shelter in your shadow. Make me fearless and faithful. I declare that I am not defeated and I shall not be defeated because I am in you and you are in me. You are undefeated and you are not about to start with me. I lean into the wisdom You give me concerning the issues of my life and attack of the enemy. I declare that I am confident, You are for me not against. You are my victory! In Jesus name AMEN!