Finding Safety in God’s Presence
It seems our current culture, the society or the world in which we live is full of fear. People are worried about everything from Ebola epidemics to identity theft to ISIS attacks to open borders.
What’s the answer?
I think we can look at 2 Chronicles 7:14. It says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will forgive their sin and heal their land” (emphasis mine).
God’s forgiveness and healing comes with a condition—an if statement. We need to humble ourselves, pray and seek his face.
In this post I want to focus on what it means to seek His face.
Psalm 91, most probably written by King David, is called by many Bible teachers, a Messianic Psalm. In other words, many commentators feel David is writing about Jesus and God’s protection for Him. David gives us nine guarantees of security as Jesus “dwells in God’s presence.”[i] I think this Psalm can teach us about God’s care for us, especially now in these perilous times.
- Deliverance from hidden dangers. The snare of the bird-trapper speaks of the enemy’s evil schemes to trap the unsuspecting.
- Immunity from fatal disease. The reference here and in v. 6 is specifically to dreaded diseases, plagues, and epidemics (see also. Jeremiah 14:12; Ezekiel 5:12; 14:19).
- Shelter and refuge in the Almighty. God’s tender, personal care is compared to that of a mother bird who takes great care with her young.
- Protection in the faithfulness of God. His promises are sure. What He has said, He will do. This is the believer’s shield.
- Freedom from fear. The Psalmist list four kinds of dangers and from all of this human and demonic activity, the person “dwelling in the secret place of the Most High” is protected.
- Safety even in the midst of massacre. Even where there is slaughter, when we seek His face, we are promised safety.
- Insurance against calamity. Because the Savior made the Most High His refuge and His dwelling place, no disaster would strike Him, no calamity would get near Him.
- Guarded by angelic escort. This is the passage that Satan quoted to Jesus when tempting Him to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple (Luke 4:10, 11). Jesus didn’t fall for it. We have a heavenly shield about us when we’re in God’s face.
- Victory over the lion and cobra. The enemy can’t have his way with us when we are fervently seeking God’s presence, His will, His way and His character. We have victory in Jesus!
Does this mean that believers will be immune from danger? No. But it does mean that regardless of the physical, emotional, or financial battles surrounding us, the Lord Himself is our refuge and we don’t need anything else but Him regardless of what’s going on around us.
[i] The original list comes from Believer’s Bible Commentary, Logos Bible Software Edition. I’ve made several statements to the list which do not appear in the commentary.