David begins the 91st Psalm like this: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust.”
The key phrase that opens the 91st Psalm is I will say of the Lord. Get it? It is the confession that comes out of our mouths during the time of the “noisome pestilence,” the time of the “fowler” when deliberate traps are set for your destruction or your hurt.
The fourth verse says, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Again, it is “His truth” which must be our defense, our shield of protection during these times. I’ve shared this many times before, and I’ll say it again. Things are not what they seem to be; they’re what God says they are. The facts may declare one thing, but often times those facts are at odds with what God’s Word clearly says. One cannot dwell on “facts.” Your meditation, your daily cogitation must be on what God’s Word says in the midst of these so-called “facts.” That is what MUST be your daily confession.
We have launched an assault on the kingdoms of darkness. We are out to take back and reclaim territory stolen by Satan.
Jesus put it like this, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Sometimes, the opposition, the persecution and afflictions just seem to go with the territory. But they are not what life is all about. One does not become an “overcomer” unless one has things to overcome. One does not become a victor in battle unless there is first a battle, and there is an opponent who is determined to do you in, whom you defeat.
Writing his second letter to the Ekklesia in Corinth, Paul says, “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.” (See II Corinthians 11:23-30)
Are you getting the picture? If it is necessary for me to express glory — that manifestation of the blessing of the Lord, then I will express the glory of the Lord that has come in the midst of my own weaknesses — in the times of my own failings, those times when everything seemingly went wrong or against me — when God showed up on the scene! (II Corinthians 11:30, RAC Translation & Amplification)
In Psalm 50:16-23, David writes, “But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.”
This Psalm is a rebuke to those who think they can get away with slander and thievery; and the promise to the believer is that, to those who order their conversation aright — those who continue to confess the promises of God in the midst of the slander and thievery — they will see God’s salvation and intervention.
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