Verse 1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.
The first verse of this psalm is a sermon all by itself. That secret place that we go deep within our spirit, is in the very presence of All Mighty God. Why is it called secret Place? Because it’s a place where no one or nothing can penetrate but you and God. In His presence is where all our answers, questions, and encouragement in Christ can be found. The protection of knowing that it’s just you and the Lord is truly a place to be desired. To dwell there, is to live there.
Verse 2 – I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in Him I will trust.”
Whether we live or die, we are still secure in Christ. The Apostle Paul said to die was gain. In Christ, if we live, He protects us, if we die, we are still secured throughout all eternity.
Verse 3 – Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the Fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
Verse 4 – He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Think for a moment of the cherubim with their wings covering the mercy-seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Wings used here is a figurative term for “Cloak.” Those who seek God’s protection will be shielded by His faithfulness – your covered.
Verse 5 – You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Verse 6 – nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
The psalmist tells us not to be afraid of the things that can terrify us at night; plots to steal or kill. Then he tells us arrows that fly in the day; Satan shoots fiery darts at God’s beloved. And the pestilence that walks in darkness is disease from Satan, plain and simple. All of these things are not to put fear in us, because God All Mighty is our refuge and shelter.
Verse 7 – A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but they shall not come near you.
This verse is spoken by faith when destruction is all around. We control so much by what comes out of our mouth. When words of faith are spoken, it’s only boasting in what we believe the Lord will do. We are taught through God’s word to say what He says, not what we see. He does change the facts!
Verse 8 – Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Verse 9 – Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation,
Verse 10 – No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
Verse 11 – for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
Verse 12 – They shall bear you up in their hands, least you dash your foot against a stone.
Verse 13 – You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
One of the many functions of God’s angels, is to watch over believers (Hebrews 1:14). Angels are also God’s messengers (Matthew 2:13; Acts 27:23, 24). These divine beings have superior power to protect God’s people. On several occasions when an angel appeared in scripture, the first thing they would say is “Do not be afraid!” I believe they are massive in size and more spectacular than anything we can imagine.
Look at Psalm 34:7 – The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Verse 14 – Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him high, because he has known My name.
Verse 15 – He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
Verse 16 – With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
Those who know His name are in a covenant relationship with Him. His Word tells us over and over that He will deliver, protect, answer, honor, satisfy, and reveal, His salvation through the preservation and blessing of Israel. We belong to a good God, whose always giving.