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The Verbs of God in Psalm 91

Verse 3 – “Deliver”.  Throughout the Bible God delivers and saves His people.  He delivers you too through the blood of Jesus.  Being delivered presupposes that you are a person that NEEDS help.  We are caught, trapped, bound, ensnared, implicated infinitely deep, in the deadly web of sin.  To add to this fright, Isaiah 47.14 states that we are “unable to deliver ourselves”.  Therefore, Jesus does for you what no one else can do, not even yourself.  Jesus’ death saves you into a new life.  Like a mailman carrying post he delivers you to your rightful destination and owner.  He brings you to a place of peace, joy, hope, redemption, green pastures and still waters, with God as your rightful owner.  Jesus does not leave us in the pit, or abandon us in our struggles and sorrows.  He descends into our darkness, reaches out, firmly grips you, and delivers you.  Jesus accomplished this through His death and resurrection once and for all, but He also continually delivers when His Word is spoken into your ear, when Scripture is opened and applied to you.  In His magnificent deliverance lies all of our hope.

Verse 4 – “Cover”.  One of things that my little children love the most is to be covered with their favorite blanket.  For them it is a joyous place of security, freedom and fun.  Under their blanket they can’t be harmed or scared.  It is a safe house from hurt.  Even when they have an “owie” the pain mysteriously dissipates when they are covered by their holy quilt.  In the same way, God covers you.  Life brings so many pains and “owies”, and God certainly knows we need to be covered often under his blanket.  Under His arms he covers you completely so that your hurts are taken away by the Lord Jesus.  Some of us think that we outgrow our childish practices, but not all of them.  From time to time, we still need to be covered, especially by the healing power of Jesus’ love.

“Is”.  We tend to think this is a vanilla verb without much meat and variety.  However, “Is” is one of the most powerful words that God can say to us.  When God promises that he IS with us and IS our savior, that is a promise that we can trust.  IS does not mean “occasionally”, or “most of the time”.  IS means always! The author of Hebrews says that “Jesus Christ IS the same, yesterday and forever.” (Hebrews 13.8).  That means that there will never be a time when He IS not loving you, guiding you, seeking you, forgiving you and saving you!  God is the great I AM -   the one who makes great promises, never breaking them, and is with us always.

Verse 11 - “Command, Guard”.  In the military an order, or command, by a superior is to be obeyed in the strictest sense.  In Psalm 91 we are told that God commands (orders) his angels to guard/defend our position.  It’s easy to perceive the military imagery present in this verse.  God orders his angels, like a battlefield commander, to set up a fighting position around you, to guard you – to stand a watch on your behalf.   Many times in life, though, we feel like we are wide open to a frontal assault, and we feel as if no one is defending our position.  Remember the words of Aslan, C.S. Lewis’ Christ figure from the Narnia Chronicles, when he addressed a young boy who doubted Aslan’s protection over the course of his life – “I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mill so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.”   We may not hear His command to his angels, or feel the safety of their guardianship at all times, but they are most certainly present whether we realize it or not.  You are guarded, and God has ordered his heavenly host to ensure that his beloved is protected from any evil that would assail your heart.

Verse 15 – “Answer”.  Because of Jesus we can call upon God in pure innocence and even boldness.  God has promised that he will answer us.  More often than not, we do not see, hear, or even like the answer we receive.  You must remember the sinful self seeks itself above all things, even in prayer.  Naturally then, the godly answer we are given may be overlooked or opposed.  The Hebrew word Anah is used by David in verse 15, and can also be translated “shout” or “sing”.  It’s amazing that we are deaf to God’s reply, especially when it takes the form of a shout!  But, the true answer to life’s most pressing issue is always a yes.  The apostle Paul said “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.”  Everything in Jesus is a yes!  “God do you love me?”  Yes, look at Jesus.  “God, will I ever find healing?” Yes, look to Jesus.  “God, will my pain go away?”  Yes, look to Jesus.  “God, will you bring healing to my life?”  Yes, look to Jesus.  Life’s purpose, meaning, and ending all find their purpose, and their YES, in Jesus.  God always answers, and the answer is Jesus.

Verse 16 – “Satisfy”.  The Rolling Stones spoke for all of us when they sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”  The Stones have obviously not met the Son of God.  The Hebrew word for “satisfy” means “to have in excess”.  The ultimate satisfaction in your life is Jesus and His love.  Typically we think that while this gift from God may be wonderful and great, it’s not enough to meet my needs.  We say this because we are ignorant of our sinful disease, and how deep this illness runs.  God always gives in Jesus to save.  Our faith in Christ takes infinite pleasure and joy from this fact.  Faith contents itself so mightily in Jesus that even if we take residence in the darkness, and pain be our constant companion, it is still satisfied and the cup runs over.  Grace never runs out, it just keeps flooding over us excessively.  Jesus is much like Costco in the way.  You will always walk away with much more than you anticipated, or could possibly ever need.  The problem with God is never one of how to make something great out of something so small.  Rather, the real question is:  how do we live now that we have been overwhelmed with so much?!   “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis)

As Jesus told the apostle Paul, so He tells you, “My grace is sufficient for you.”  He is sufficient for every minute of life that we have, and every circumstance that materializes.  That’s true satisfaction. And what do people always say when they are in a state of satisfaction?  “Isn’t this wonderful?”  “Ahhh, this is the life!”, “Aren’t we so lucky and blessed?”    When you hang around Jesus long enough, this becomes a blessed way of speech and a blessed way of life.  Thanks be to God!

 

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