When I started to put pen to paper and write about Psalm 91, there were so many different thoughts that stem from this passage of Scripture. It applies to all the dark, and dangerous seasons you can imagine. But, as I approached this I noticed so many friends experiencing some severe attacks from the enemy, including myself. Our enemy is seeking to distract, discourage, and keep them from doing what God has called us to do.
I cannot think of a more dangerous place than in the crosshairs of the enemy. The place that leaves you feeling ready to throw up your hands, or believing your calling is too hard or feeling it would be easier to stop than it would be to face such opposition. It may not raise up the desire to quit within you, but he will certainly try to slow you to a screeching halt.
I have experienced it many times, as recently as the last few days. You see when you head in the right direction (God’s Will) there will without a doubt be opposition. You will feel the heavy weight, the whispers that you are not good enough, strong enough, smart enough, etc., etc. It will drain your energy, your emotions, and your focus. The enemy is seeking to stop you, or at least slow you down.
When I read Psalm 91 the words fill me with hope, the reminder that my protection is Christ alone. I am secure in Him. Ten different times in the first ten verses we see words that are used to describe a form of protection; shelter, fortress, shadow, cover, refuge, shield, bulwark (which is a defensive wall), and dwelling place. Take your highlighter and mark every word in the Psalm that is a form of protection.
These repeated words are for our benefit; a constant reminder in this short passage; it emphasizes the incredible importance of knowing where our real protection comes from.
We can try and find refuge and shelter, we can drown our sadness in cookie dough, get our endorphins going to exercise or talk it out with friends but there is absolutely nothing that can remove the oppression of the enemy apart from the mighty hand of God. Make no mistake that what you are fighting is on purpose.
Let’s look at the outcome when we seek the Almighty as our refuge, highlight verses 6-8.
What does it say will be the result? “You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks the darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.”
We don’t have to be afraid; we don’t have to fear evil or what is thrown at us because Christ alone is our defensive wall, He is our shield and our cover. When you feel the arrows flying, pray boldly for your protection to be firm against the enemy. Rest in God’s protection and walk forward stronger in your faith.