Hedge of Protection // Part 3
This evening, we will finish our study of Psalm 91. What a reassuring passage for the children of God!! Let’s look at a few things we have learned so far:
- There is an inner chamber of communion with God called the secret place. Those who frequent that place know their God and walk in the security of His protection.
- Revelation gathered by the believer in the secret place creates within a trust in God’s protection that supersedes the fear of what is happening in the natural world.
- The child of God knows that the hedge of protection does not guarantee that they will never face a trial in life, but they do realize that it does guarantee that God is in control of how hard and how long the trial lasts.
In our final study, let’s take a look at the involvement of angels in our protection and the treading down of the enemy. In many scriptures, God is called Yahweh Saoboth which is translated “God of the angels”. In a basic study, it appears that angels are involved in the following activities:
- Angels carry out God’s judgment
- Angels serve God
- Angels praise God
- Angels are messengers
- Angels protect God’s people
- Angels do not marry
- Angels do not die
- Angels encourage people
We as God’s children are not to worship angels or even seek to form a special relationship with angels. While we appreciate their activity, our focus and worship are to be directed toward our God. (Rev. 22:8-9) Here are a couple of encouraging scriptures about angels:
Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
It is possible that you have met an angel face-to-face without realizing it:
Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Matthew 18:10 (NIV) says, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
There are many instances in the Bible of angels being involved in the protection of God’s people. The promise of Psalm 91:11-12 was twisted by Satan in his temptation of Jesus. We can be grateful for Satan’s temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, because it helps us to better understand Psalm 91. The psalm does not give absolute promises for every believer in every circumstance but does give promises of God’s protection in situations that are specifically received and applied in the believer by the Holy Spirit. This psalm does not simply speak of protection – it also speaks of victory! The scripture states:
“You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.” Psalm 91:13
This is not meant to say that you will have protection when you visit the game park. The terms “lion, cobra, young lion, serpent” are given to refer to the devil.
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 (NIV)
We know from Genesis to Revelation that Satan is spoken of as the serpent. We also know that he is spoken of as being a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. When you study the word “tread” in Hebrew and Greek, two things become apparent:
- “Treading” is done by force.
- “Treading” is indicative of a pathway or a constant way of living.
If the enemy tries to encounter us and stop us, we trample him with great authority and this type of encounter is indicative of our life’s encounters with him! One final word to those who seek to claim the promises of Psalm 91. That word is honor. What does it mean to honor the Lord? It means to acknowledge Him. How do you acknowledge God? Through words that verify who He is and through actions that do the same. If you truly know God, your words and actions will verify what you know about Him.
The Bible gives clear revelation of who God is. The actions of some believers do not accurately reflect the revelation of God we clearly have in the Bible. Do you believe that those who do not honor God will be partakers of His blessing and protection? Tricky question. If they have someone praying for them, they may. If they are under the dealing of the Spirit, they may. If they make it a habit to ignore God as He is revealed in the Bible – neglect to obey His commands, what do you think? For those who want these promises of protection, honor God and you will see His hand of power and protection.
- Psalm 91:1-16
- Revelation 22:8-9
- Psalm 34:7
- Hebrews 1:14
- Hebrews 13:2
- Matthew 18:10 (NIV)
- Luke 10:19 (NIV)
- Daniel 11:32 (KJV)
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