Heavenly Secret Service (Psalm 91:11-13)
Psalm 91:11-13, For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
We are told in Hebrews 1:14, that angels are ministering spirits for God's people. The ministry of guardian angels comes into view. God sends forth His ministering spirits to be agents of providential protection for those in the center of God’s will. It is in God's ways that protection comes. This is the stipulation that Satan left out (Luke 4:10-11) when he tried to seduce Christ by appealing to Him to jump off the pinnacle of the Temple. Jumping off the Temple was not "thy ways," and it was only in "thy ways" that the angels' protection was promised. Satan can quote Scripture, but he always leaves out important stipulations for blessings.
That’s right! The devil loves distorting doctrine and tangling the truth with errors. Watch out for Satan's twisting of Scripture. Satan is crafty and he uses God's powerful Word out of context to deceive us. Remember, God's Word will not contradict itself. Satan quoted Psalm 91:11-12 of this psalm during Christ's temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4, Mark 1, Luke 4). Of course, he quoted these verses out of context in order to tempt the Lord Jesus. Notice he did not quote Psalm 91:13, which predicted his own doom.
God commands His angels to watch over and care for us. We are divinely protected until the Lord deems fit to remove our protection. God protected missionary David Brainard who ministered to the Susquehanna Indians. One day, David sat down beside a stream to rest as the evening shadows began to creep across the sky. He watched some beavers build a dam across the stream, but other eyes were watching him. A party of warriors, sent out to kill Brainard, were spying on him and biding their time. These men drew near as the paleface missionary was on his knees talking to the Lord. As David prayed, the Indians saw a rattlesnake glide along him and lift its ugly head to strike, its fork tongue flickering near his face. Brainard was deep in prayer and totally unaware of the rattlesnake. Without apparent reason, the rattler glided away and disappeared in the bushes. The Indian warriors said, "The Great Spirit is with him," and they too departed. The next morning, when Brainard entered the Indian settlement, the whole tribe came out to meet him and gave him a prophet's welcome. God took care of His man in this situation. Later on in his life, Brainard was called home to glory when God was finished with him. David Brainard was a mighty prayer warrior for the Lord. His testimony is very powerful and his influenced still lives on today. Unfortunately, Brainard lived only 29 years, but what a life he lived!
Though this portion of the Bible is written thousands of years ago, the written words still holds true to us today. People everywhere need a sense of security. True hope and security are found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our ultimate protection comes from God. There is no better place in this world than in the presence of God. As Christians, we shall never be afraid because we have God looking after us.
PRAYER: Lord, Thank You for Your supernatural protection over me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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