Psalm 91 Day 16
Psalm 91:11&12 “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
As we mentioned yesterday, the angels of God are commissioned to accompany, defend, protect, and preserve you; and against the power, influence, lies, and attack of the enemy. And their faithfulness to this task is such that under God’s command – the enemy will not be able to harm us in the least. Not even our ‘foot against a stone’ or in a saying we may be more familiar with not even ‘one hair on our head.’
We must remember that this promise of protection is given to those who have the type of relationship with God that is described in earlier verses. This promise is given to those who choose to dwell, rest, and commit their lives daily to Him.
What is of particular interest about this verse is that Satan used this very verse In Matthew when tempting Jesus:
Matthew 6:5&6 “Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
By tempting Jesus to jump off the temple, the devil wanted Jesus to presume on His relationship with God, to act as if God were there to serve his Son rather than the reverse.
The Pharisees would use this same argument later when Jesus was hanging on the cross: if Jesus is God’s Son, let God rescue him from the cross
How arrogant a person must be to think we have God figured out, and by simply quoting a verse – God is required to do as we wish! If Jesus would not presume upon His relationship with the Father – who would dare do such a thing!
Every promise in this Psalm is contingent upon our obedience. As a matter of fact, every promise in the Bible is conditioned upon our obedience.
Please never forget – Christ is more than willing and able to save us FROM OUR SINS, but never presume that He will save us IN OUR SINS.
A changed heart leads to changed actions which positions us for supernatural favor and protection.
The moral of the story – focus on living today by dwelling, resting, committing, and obedience, and God’s favor and protection will follow. Focus on what you can control – and God will take care of the rest.- pjs