One of the nine principles of war is security. It is defined as “never permitting the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage.” When we achieve security, we reduce our vulnerability from enemy attacks and increase our ability to move freely. Psalm 91 has encouraged warfighters for thousands of years because it provides God’s principle of security—He alone is our refuge. He will not permit our greatest enemies (the world, the flesh, and the Devil) from gaining that unexpected advantage. He exposes the lies and temptations they use to pull us from God’s stronghold. Our responsibility is to move toward God in faithful obedience that trusts in His promises.
He who dwells 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 I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation” (Ps. 91:1–16, NKJV).
When we trust in God, we are no longer vulnerable to fears and worries. We do not have to fear those can kill our body because they cannot touch our soul (Matt. 10:27–29). We do not have to fear physical pain or growing older, because our inward person is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). We do not have to fear or worry because we have God who cares for us and calls us to give our anxieties over to Him (Phil. 4:6–7, 1 Pet. 5:7). We also have freedom to live for Him and not be controlled by what others think or do. Christ paid our debt so we have the ability to love others as Christ loved us. We have the ability to say no to the temptations and struggles of the flesh and say yes to the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:13–26). With God, we always have the advantage.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.