Psalm 91: The Christian Emergency Psalm
PSALM 91 is one of trust and confidence in God. Some people say Psalm 91 is the Christian’s Emergency Psalm. Well, it could be. But it is not for everyone. It is the Christian Emergency Psalm only for the Christians who trust God exclusively and dwell in the safety of God. It is the Christian’s Emergency Psalm only if that Christian trusts God enough to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Verse 1 clearly states that it is the person who dwells under the shadow of the Almighty, who has taken up residence and lives in the secret place of the Most High has authority and all the privileges of that place. For instance, if you receive a piece of mail addressed to “Resident” surely you have the right to open it because it was addressed to your place of residence. Psalm 91 is that piece of mail addressed to you if you live in the secret place of the most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91 is a psalm of trust. It is a psalm of confidence in God. It is a psalm of God’s protection.it is a psalm of God’s providential care. It is a psalm that we all need in time of trouble. It is a psalm we need in time of danger. It is a psalm we need in time of uncertainty. Make no mistake about it, this psalm does not promise that we will not encounter trouble and danger, but it clearly states that if we abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we will be protected by God’s presence and God’s power. Psalm 91 is entrusting one’s whole self and life to God in all circumstances. Psalm 91 tells us to let God control our lives no matter what happens.
Let’s examine for a few moments what it means to be under the shadow of the Almighty. Well, first of all, when we are under the shadow of the Almighty, we can say of the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in you will I trust. Under the shadow of the Almighty is a place of safety. A refuge is a hiding place. A fortress is a place of protection from dangers seen and unseen. God is that refuge. God is that fortress. God is that protection. God is that high tower, that deliverer, that shield, that sanctuary.
When we are under the shadow of the Almighty, God delivers us from the enemy and protects us from anything the enemy tries to bring upon us. Any plot the enemy tries to devise upon us will not bring us harm. Why not? Because we are under the shadow of the Almighty. Because God will deliver us. And God shall cover us with his feathers and under his wings we shall be safe, and we will find rest for our souls. This is a definite image of a mother bird who is known for her protecting her young. She keeps them beneath her own wings protecting them, just as God protects us.
The softness of the bird’s protection is balanced by the hard, solid protection of a shield in the second half of Verse 4. God provides both types of protection for His people. In some situations, God will cover you with His wings and protect you. In other situations, God will be a shield and buckler for you. The truth of God shall be our shield and buckler. A shield protects. A buckler protects. God protects because He is both our shield and our buckler. He will fight your battle for you. For the battle is not yours, but the Lord’s.
There is security under the shadow of the Almighty. Verse 5 assures us that we need not be afraid of anything — the terror by night or the dangers of the day. We need not be afraid anything humans might try to do to us or anything demons might try to do to us. There are 365 occurrences in the Scriptures that tell us “Fear Not.” That means we should not be afraid any of the 365 days of the years. Paul told Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Here in the 91st Psalm,Verse 5, we are told the same thing. We are told not to fear the things of the night, of the day, of the darkness or of the noonday. In other words, we need never to fear when we are under the shadow of the Almighty.
What happens when the enemy tries to come against God’s anointed. Look at Verse 8 and see what happens. The words say you will be able to see the punishment of the wicked. God will vindicate His people. Don’t worry when people talk about you. Don’t fret when people come against you. As long as you are under the shadow of the Almighty, God will take care of you.
When you abide under the shadow of the Almighty, God will command His angels concerning you minister to you and to guard you in all your ways. What will the angels do? They will lift you us in their hands so that you will not stumble and fall. Angels will give you divine support. They will keep you from even striking your foot against the stones, against the rocky roads of life. Angels will protect you when you abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Verse 13 says you are protected from all sorts of dangers. For instance, you will receive mortal threats represented by the lion, and the cunning and evilness of your enemies as represented by the adder, the serpent. Luke 10:19 says God has given us the power, the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and on all the evil forces of the enemies and nothing shall by any means harm us. That is when we abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
If you dwell in God’s care and abide under the shadow of the Almighty, then this psalm is for you. Then the Lord is your keeper. He is the shade on your right hand.
Have you ever walked on a sunny day and looked down on the ground? You probably saw your own shadow. Whatever you did, the shadow did. Wherever you went, the shadow went. That’s the way it is with God. When you are under the shadow of the Almighty, God guides you. God directs you. God orders your steps. Even Jesus knew that. That why he quoted Psalm 91 to Satan when he was tempted in the wilderness. Even Jesus had to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Even Jesus kept His eyes on His Father. Even Jesus stayed under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He was obedient.
- He was faithful. He even went to the cross doing the will of His Father. He died being under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He was buried under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He arose from the grave being under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He ascended into heaven under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He sent the Holy Spirit to help us stay under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He invites us to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Thanks be to God for the shadow of the Almighty!