Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 91:9-13 NLT

[9] If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,

[10] no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

[11] For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

[12] They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

[13] You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

Reflection . . .

This part of Psalm 91 is quoted in Matthew chapter 4 by Satan who tempts Jesus using the very words of this Psalm. Satan uses these verses for his own benefit. He tempts Jesus to run headlong into sinning against God using these verses as a comfort to think that God will rescue him no matter what choice he makes.

Jesus’s response is perfect! “You must not test the Lord your God!”

From Psalm 91 we learn in verse 10 that there is a condition, “if”,

. . . If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter”

Satan took Scripture out of context and used it for his own purposes, to tempt Jesus. In the same way, we are warned not to take Scripture out of context for our own purposes, and this Psalm is often taken out of context. For example, many think that they can plunge themselves into whatever situation (den of snakes, deadly viruses, etc.) and not be harmed because God is with them. Many think that if they put themselves in a situation that will tempt them to sin, like going into a strip club just to enjoy a soda and the music or going to a party where you know there will be drugs. They think they will not be affected by the environment. That kind of behaviour is to tempt God!

It comes down to where is our refuge, our strength, our delight. Is it in the Lord?

Pray this prayer:

O Lord, I commit myself into your hands. Be my refuge and strength. Be my very delight! I desire to follow and obey you in all aspects of my life. Help me be the kind of child you desire me to be, more like Christ. Help me to guard my heart and my mind so that your Word guides me and directs each step. May I be transformed by the renewing of my mind. May I have a deep desire to dig deeper into Your Word each day! In Jesus name, Amen!