IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: A THOUSAND MAY FALL BY YOUR SIDE!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.”
This psalm is a meditation, in a serene and confident mood, on the security of the person who trusts in God.
In these days of Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world and In Nigeria, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and fulanis quest and agenda to wipe out the Indigenous tribes of Nigeria,
It is indeed a frightening and fearful time in the land but in all of these; A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
It is inevitable, it is as clear and plain as the law of gravity, that we will face trouble in this lifetime… but the goodnews is that as far as you you have made the Most High God your refuge you will always come out of every problems, trials and temptations unscathed.
God is with you, why do you need to be afraid? God is there, and there is no terror that can overtake God…
Are we not told that no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper? That’s a wonderful truth, isn’t it? It doesn’t say that there’ll be no weapon used against us – the weapon used against us will be used, and he will do all in his power as the enemy to use it and use it well, but if we’re trusting under the wing of God it shall not prosper!
This is awesome, this is the faith that a believer can have – why? Because his God is so great that He’s not just able outside of a problem, but He’s able right in the bowels of a problem!
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Matthew Henry said the message of Psalm 91 is that all who live a life of close communion with God are constantly safe under his protection and may therefore live in security and peace of mind at all times.
We live in a world full of danger and disease. The arrows of accusation and attack are often aimed at us. We have both human and spiritual enemies. But Psalm 91 says the person who chooses God as his shelter will be protected by God from all evil. The promise is NOT the absence of danger, but of coming through all danger, unscathed, safe in God.
In the midst of the present pandemic and other world problems, I believe there is a great need for us to seriously examine who or what we really trust in. Who or what gives us confidence to go on? What gives us peace? Who or what makes us feel safe? Do we really trust God for these things?
In 1854 Charles Spurgeon was pastoring a church in the midst of a major Cholera outbreak in London. He relates this personal story during that time: “My friends seemed to be falling one by one and I felt or imagined that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low… I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear…. I was returning mournfully from a funeral, when, as God would have it, my curiosity led me to read a paper which was in a shoemaker’s window in the Great Dover Road. It bore, in a good bold handwriting, these words:
“Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” The effect on my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying, in a calm and peaceful spirit. I felt no fear of evil and I suffered no harm. The providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window, I gratefully acknowledge; and in remembrance of it’s marvelous power, I adore the Lord my God.”
Spurgeon published a commentary on Psalm 91, under the title “The Privileges of the Godly.” In it he said, a German physician (often spoke)of [Psalm 91] as the best preservative in times of cholera, and in truth, it is a heavenly medicine against plague and pest. He who can live in its spirit will be fearless, even if once again our environment should (face the plague).
G.Campbell Morgan called this Psalm “one of the greatest possessions of the saints”. I hope you will consider it one of your greatest possessions! It has helped countless thousands live courageously for God, through war, disease, persecution and all kinds of trouble. This Psalm presents with clarity and power the magnificent benefits that belong to those who trust in God.
I call psalm 91 “the Soldier’s Psalm,”…
a designation for the 91st Psalm, is for all who are in the army of the Most High. The name “Most High” comes from the Hebrew word, “Elyon,” meaning “the possessor of heaven and earth, over all the earth.” The first mention of this name for God is found in Genesis 14:18-20. Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe affirms, “He is higher than the kings of the earth and the false gods of the nations.”
Recently, I read the following in a note clipped by Dr. Michael Guido (1915-2009), “An army lieutenant and his buddy were sent on an important and dangerous mission. Suddenly the enemy appeared! The lieutenant prayed, ‘Lord, the responsibility is now yours.’ A blast from the enemy struck him in the chest and bowled him over. His comrade thought he was dead, but he wasn’t.
Later he wrote, ‘My buddy thought I was dead, and was amazed when I tried to get up. Dazedly, I took my Bible from my shirt pocket, over my heart. Silently I looked at the jagged hole in its cover. A bullet had ripped through to the ninety-first Psalm and stopped at the verse which reads, ‘A thousand shall fall at thy side . . . but it shall not come nigh thee!’ In profound gratitude I said, ‘Thank You, precious Lord!’”
The only way to properly appreciate and apply Psalm 91 is through a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. By example, Jesus warns against misusing Psalm 91. Satan quoted a portion of it as He tempted Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple, thus presuming upon God’s protection. Jesus corrected this misapplication by citing Deuteronomy 6:16a, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” May each one of us receive the blessing God intends to bestow upon us through Psalm 91, known as the Soldier’s Psalm.
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